Renu Negi may seem like just any other woman: She has two school going children, her husband works with a private company while she juggles her work and household duties.
But what separates the 35-year-old from others is her profession: She is a saleswoman at a petrol pump in Dehradun.
Negi, along with two other women, joined a petrol pump on Friday, thanks to ‘Empowering Women’, a registered non-government organisation. The NGO has promised jobs to around 120 women — belonging to the weaker section of the society — in petrol pumps across the capital under its campaign ‘Urzaa’.
The three saleswomen are deployed at a petrol pump in Sahastradhara for a week. If they find the environment workable, the NGO will then deploy other women in 22 petrol pumps across the capital.
“I feel empowered. My husband can’t earn enough to fulfill the daily needs of the family. I met the NGO and they offered me this job. Even though it is a male-dominated profession, I readily accepted the offer,” Negi told Hindustan Times.
The NGO found it difficult to search for jobs for these women, given their poor qualifications.
Gyanendra Kumar, the chief functionary of NGO, said: “It was certainly a difficult task for us to provide jobs to these women as they were not qualified. Their security is also an important issue. We then thought of petrol pumps as they have adjustable working hours.” The salesgirls will work during daytime from 10am to 5.30pm.