Together with the Bengaluru City Police, Parihar, and the Dr. B R Ambedkar Health and Education Foundation, Namma Yatri, the community-focused ride-booking app in Bengaluru, has introduced the Mahila Shakti programme, which is aimed at empowering women drivers.
This program aims to enable women from various origins to become skilled electric vehicle drivers, as reported by apnnews.
Sri B. Dayanada, IPS, Commissioner of Police, Bengaluru City, at the program’s inauguration, commented, “This is a significant step for Bengaluru towards inclusivity and empowerment. The Electric Auto Driving Training Program not only empowers women for financial independence but also challenges societal norms, enhances safety, and fosters a diverse mobility ecosystem in our city.”
User-friendly application to make a significant contribution to the Open Mobility programme, Namma Yatri is a mobility application.
Smt. Rani Shetty, the leader of Parihar, said, “We are thrilled to launch this program, in line with our mission for women’s empowerment. Witnessing women embracing auto driving is encouraging, contributing to a safer and more inclusive Bengaluru.”
Magizhan Selvan, Chief Product Officer of Juspay, spoke about the development: “Since August 2023, in collaboration with NGOs like Shishu Mandir, we have been empowering women drivers. We are proud of our 50 women drivers who have collectively earned Rs. 12 lakhs, served 11,000 customers, and covered 55,000 kilometers. Our aim is to empower 1000 women drivers by June 2024.”
About Namma Yatri
The first open network mobility application, Namma Yatri, was created to offer passengers multi-modal service without intermediaries. The first of the several service providers to join this mobility network are auto rickshaws. This application is based on the open-source Beckn protocol and common network standards defined by ONDC. Any purchasing app that complies with the network specifications can offer rides thanks to the common network standards.