In a first for Punjab, the Ludhiana City Bus Service Limited under the Municipal Corporation has recruited two female conductors. Harpreet Kaur (28), a resident of Ayali village, and Jasvir Kaur (30), who hails from Jagraon, are proud to have made their mark in a field that is dominated by males.
Talking to HT, Harpreet said: “My family is proud of me. Many women passengers have told me that they feel safe in the presence of a female conductor.”
“My mother saw the advertisement for the post of women conductors. I applied for the job and got selected. We were given a month’s training before we were put on the job,” she adds.
Her colleague, Jasvir Kaur said, “Due to the male dominant society, not many women come forward to do such jobs. But I feel we are equal to men in every sphere. I took up this job to prove to everyone that we are not a weaker sex. I’m doing my job with dedication and diligence and my family supports me fully.”
A city student, Pawanpreet Kaur, said female conductors would greatly help women passengers feel safe while commuting. “A lot of women face harassment in the buses. The government should recruit more women conductors,’ she said.
Officials of the Horizon Connect Transways Private Limited, a firm which is responsible for operations and maintenance of the city buses, said, “Around 10 more female conductors are undergoing training and they will be allocated routes soon.”
Manager of the Ludhiana City Bus Service Limited Baljeet Singh said adequate steps had been taken to ensure safety of women conductors on duty. “We have hired a group of bouncers who are available on call in case of an emergency. The drivers have also been told to give complete support to women conductors,” he said.