Female drivers in Kolkata cabs soon

Kolkata will soon boast of having women taxi drivers as the Bengal government has devised a two-pronged strategy to bring them on the driver’s seat – training for drivers and training to defend themselves in case of a sudden attack. The entire programme is targeted to provide financial relief to women from financially weaker strata of society.

The project is being jointly coordinated by an NGO and the state government’s Woman and Child Development and Social Welfare department.

“A few women have been selected for the purpose,” the minister said, adding the training was being provided an NGO. The educational qualification has been fixed at either eighth standard or matriculation.

“There has been a growing demand for women drivers. Of late, there is an increase in demand for women cab drivers in the state,” the Minister said. The minister said the government would get in touch with private cab service companies also to hire trained women drivers.


খুব শিগগিরি কলকাতার রাস্তায় দেখা যাবে মহিলা ট্যাক্সিচালক

রাজ্য সরকারের উদ্যোগে খুব শিগগিরি কলকাতার রাস্তায় দেখা যাবে মহিলা ট্যাক্সিচালক। মহিলাদের গাড়ি চালানো সেখানোর পাশাপাশি তাদের আত্মরক্ষার প্রশিক্ষণও দেওয়া হবে। অর্থনৈতিকভাবে সমাজের পিছিয়ে পড়া শ্রেণীর মহিলাদের স্বাবলম্বী করতেই মুলত এই উদ্যোগ নিয়েছেন রাজ্য সরকার।

একটি সেচ্ছাসেবী সংস্থা ও রাজ্য সরকারের নারী, শিশু ও সমাজ কল্যান দপ্তর যৌথভাবে এই উদ্যোগ নিয়েছে।

রাজ্যের নারী কল্যাণ মন্ত্রী বলেন, কিছু মহিলাকে এই প্রকল্পের জন্য বেছে নেওয়া হয়েছে। শিক্ষাগত যোগ্যতা হিসেবে ম্যাট্রিক বা অষ্টম শ্রেণী উত্তীর্ণ ধার্য করা হয়েছে।

মন্ত্রী বলেন, “মহিলা ট্যাক্সিচালকের চাহিদা ইদানিং বেড়েছে।” তিনি আরও বলেন, সরকার বেসরকারি ট্যাক্সি পরিষেবা প্রদানকারী সংস্থাগুলোর সঙ্গেও কথা বলবে মহিলা ট্যাক্সিচালকদের সুযোগ দেওয়ার জন্য।

WB Govt launches Aprajita – Tutorials for Children with Special Needs

Department of Women Development and Social Welfare, Govt of West Bengal has launched a special tutorial programme for students with disabilities for Doordarshan Kolkata (DD-I Kolkata).

The programme named Aprajita, which was first aired on 2nd May, 2015, will run for 26 weeks every Saturday from 7 PM to 7:30 PM and repeat telecast on every Tuesday.

The programme was inaugurated by Hon’ble Minister in charge, Dr Shashi Panja along with the Commissioner of Disabilities Smt Mita Banerjee.

This programme is aimed at improving the quality & status of Children with Special Needs (CWSN) studying between class IX and XII. CWSNs may ask questions to clear doubts in various subjects. Eminent special educators will provide these tutorials.

This is the first of its kind initiative by the West Bengal Government.

Bengal Govt observes World Autism Awareness Day

The Department of Women Development, Child Development and Social Welfare observed the World Autism Awareness Day today, 2 April, 2015 in a big way.

As a prelude to the event, a mammoth rally was held on 1 April from the Kolkata Press Club to the Metro Channel. More than 300 people from all walks of life joined the rally. State Minister for Women Development, Child Development and Social Welfare, Dr Sashi Panja inaugurated the rally.

Today, a huge event was organised to celebrate the World Autism Awareness Day by the Commmissionerate (Disabilities), a wing of the Women Development, Child Development and Social Welfare Department, at Rabindra Sadan, where Dr Panja was present. Eminent personalities who are working for the cause of specially-abled people was present on the occasion. Boys and girls, teachers, special educators from different institution took active parts in the programme.

Audio-visual display on different issues on autism was played at different points of the Rabindra Sadan complex throughout the day.

To create more awareness among the people on autism, a mobile van is crisscrossing the city distributing leaflets and playing recorded message on general awareness about autism.