After Father Loses Job To Covid-19, Daughter Learns To Drive Auto To Support Family


Earlier, Pooja Devi, a mother of 3, received lots of support and appreciation after becoming the first female passenger bus driver in Jammu & Kashmir. Now, 21-year-old Banjeet Kaur from Udhampur district is receiving praise for driving an autorickshaw and supporting her family.

Yahoo News quoted her saying, “My father was a school bus driver but he lost his job as the schools remain closed due to COVID-19. He started driving auto-rickshaw but he was not able to earn sufficient. So I stepped-in. I am a second-year student and driving an auto-rickshaw is like a part-time job. We girls should be ready for every situation.”

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Her father Sardar Gorakh Singh added, “The girls can excel in every field. They can choose their profession depending on their will. After I lost my job during the lockdown, my daughters [Banjeet and her sister Davinder Kaur] asked me to teach them to drive auto-rickshaw. I supported them.”

The Assistant Regional Transport Officer (ARTO) of the area, Rachana Sharma, has initiated a ‘Girls can drive’ campaign and is training many others. Kudos to Banjeet, her sister, and all the other girls who are smashing stereotypes!

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