The Swachh Bharat Abhiyan or Clean India Mission launched by the Central Government under the reign of Narendra Modi in 2014 has been receiving mixed reactions through the country. The major issues to be covered by the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan plan was recycling of waste in the urban areas, providing proper sanitation facilities in the rural parts of the country and most importantly, to change the mindsets of the Indians.
Recently, Prime Minister Narendra Modi took women empowerment to a whole new level. Under his Swachh Bharat Abhiyan scheme, some five hundred women of the scheduled castes are learning driving and self-defence techniques to get ready for their new lifestyle. These schedule caste women who mostly work as manual scavengers, would now be shifting their occupation to cab-drivers. Mumbai, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Chennai and Delhi are going to be the first few cities with female cabbies.
Ujjain’s Mamtha Sangte is a Dalit woman. She broke free the caste cycle, trained herself in martial arts and went on to become a black belt in taekwondo. She is now a trainer and is set to train her first batch of female students from the schedule castes to help them rise above their occupations. An amount of Rs. 67. 02 lakhs has been engaged in this project for training 2,390 women starting from April. Camps have been set up in Delhi and soon there would be more camps set up in other cities as well.
Hopefully the day is near when we Indians wouldn’t be shocked to see a lady cabbie for the next cab that we book and learning self-defence wouldn’t be a necessary step to ride a cab late at night. Let’s hope for a better India and a safer India.