February 24, 2019
Special provision in Gatidhara for women’s empowerment
On February 20, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had flagged off a new taxi service called Pink Taxi Services. These taxis would be driven exclusively by women. Both female and male passengers, though, can board the taxis.
To make it easier for women to become the owners, under the Gatidhara Scheme, they will get a subsidy of Rs 1.5 lakh, instead of the Rs 1 lakh for other cars. That is, Rs 1.5 lakh of the cost of the car would be given by the State Government.
This was announced by Mamata Banerjee during the course of her speech at the inauguration at Nabanna. She also said that the government has plans to enable the introduction of 1,000 such taxis in Kolkata.
This is a positive move by the State Government as it would empower women by making them self-employed. It may be mentioned in this connection that more than 36,000 youths has already been provided subsidy under the Gatidhara Scheme.