Next time national and international golfers visit the golf circuit in the city, women caddies will greet them to offer assistance.
In a first-of-its-kind initiative in the country, the union ministry of tourism and Women Golf Association of India (WGAI) on Monday launched a caddy training programme for girls in the age group of 18-28.
The initiative is a part of the ministry's drive, “Hunar se Rozgar”, under the Incredible India Golf Caddy Training Programme. The first batch of girls will be trained for the job by the city-based DLF Golf and Country club.
The focus will be to get together underprivileged girls from across the country and create a pool of certified golf assistants who can help national and international golfers during golf tours in India.
Unlike Europe and the US, the demand of trained caddies in India and south-east Asia is high as labor is cheap.
Prospective candidates will be identified and trained as golf assistants and the shortlisted ones will undergo an extensive and detailed training program of six weeks on various aspects of golf.
They will also be paid a stipend of Rs 1,500 a month.
"WGAI has always believed in women empowerment and with this initiative which is the first training of its kind in India we look to benefit the women who want to make a career in golf but don't have the resources," said Kavita Singh, President, Women's Golf Association of India.