Kochi, June 19: Kerala always does this, No Wonder ‘High Literacy’ pays off in many good ways for the society. Earlier when Kerala Metro broke the ceiling by employing transgenders, now 600 trained women from the 'Kudumbasree Mission' have been employed to ensure smooth run of the first phase of the metro, to be operated from Aluva to Palarivattom.
Here’s is one more! Kerala’s first metro rail service in Kochi is women-friendly in many ways. Adding sheen to its pro-women tag, the KMRL has appointed seven women loco-pilots to control the metro trains. All of them have got appointments in Station Controller/Operator posts. There are 32 male loco-pilots in Kochi Metro.
With this initiative Kerala's economic hub is putting on a new look. As the Metro trains take to rails, the lives of women and transgender employees also advance with it. Sharing her excitement ““I had only wished for a chance to travel in metro. But now I have an opportunity to run it,” said Perumbavoor-native Vandana. “Instructions will be given from the office. Therefore, we do not have any fear about it,” said another loco-pilot Gopika.”
Vijayakumari had lost her job at a private company where she had worked for eight years. She was 49 and her family was dependent on her, with the husband sick and in need of medicines. The family expenses and house rent all added up to her burdens. Metro gives her new hope that life will now hit the right track.
"There will be no gender discrimination against transgenders. They are treated at par with others employed through Kudumbasree Mission," said Dilraj, an official appointed by Ernakulam District Kudumbasree Mission to head the facility management centre for providing services to Kochi Metro.
As a responsible and accountable society Kerala has taken its first step of ‘Awakening’ towards ‘Equality for all’. This initiative of Kochi was appreciated by many people. Let us hope for more examples like this which will bring an evolutionary wave of ‘Equality for All’.