Thursday, September 6, 2012

Dr. Farooq Abdullah Launches Environment Friendly Electric Rickshaw to Provide Women Dignity and Respect

            Addressing the wide gender gap in social and economic status, Dr. Farooq Abdullah, Union Minister for New and Renewable Energy today launched `Ummeed ki Electric  Rickshaw`, a unique initiative to empower economically backward women in India. At a ceremony held in Jamia Nagar, New Delhi, Dr. Abdullah presented the first electric rickshaw to Kohinoor, a 33-year old single mother with 2 young boys and a mother to support.

Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Farooq Abdullah, Union Minister, Government of India said, “I am delighted to presentUmmeed`s first rickshaw to Kohinoor. The rickshaws look very nice. They are easy to drive and cause no pollution. I am happy to support this unique initiative.” He added that in a time when cost of petrol and diesel were almost touching the sky the electric rickshaw was a good alternative. He also announced to the gathering that his Ministry would be glad to extend any cooperation to make solar water heaters a household commodity among the people.

This initiative is being partnered by Ummeed and Centre for Equity and Inclusion (CEQUIN) which is working with socially and economically marginalised women for their empowerment.The programme is intended to enable women to drive smart, environment friendly rickshaws and earn a living with dignity and respect. Ummeed has promised to provide and maintain the electric rickshaws and train the women to use the vehicles.

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