Thirty-two women working with the Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation were awarded for excellence in work on the occasion of International Women’s Day on Tuesday. A lady conductor and a mechanic from each of the 17 divisions of KSRTC were selected for the award.

The corporation has 2,743 women employees, including 22 driver-conductors, 790 conductors and 848 technical. “We had free eye and health check-ups for our women employees on this day as well,” a KSRTC spokesperson said.

Transport Minister Ramalinga Reddy also gave a cash compensation of Rs. 50,000 to Mahadevi Koppad, wife of Lance Naik Hanamanthappa, and Asha, wife of Subedar T.T. Nagesha. The soldiers died in the Siachen avalanche in February.

Women employees of the Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation were also provided classes in self defence and crisis response by the National Karate Association and the police on Tuesday. The BMTC has over 3,000 female employees and half of them work as conductors. Prema Ramappa Nadapatti is the sole woman driver employed by the corporation.

News : The Hindu