Union Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi on Thursday stressed on appointing women drivers and helpers in school buses in order to prevent attacks on children by bus personnel. As per an official release by PTI, Gandhi gave the suggestion during her meeting with Telangana women and child welfare department officials. Her suggestion came in the light of the recent attack and killing of a 2-year-old student of a private school, Ryan International, by a bus helper in Gurugram. “Gandhi suggested that women drivers and helpers can be appointed in school buses to prevent such incidents,” the statement said.
The Union Minister has also assured the state government that the Centre would provide funds for the training of women drivers and bus helpers, the release said. She discussed a number of issues concerning women and child welfare in Telangana, it added.
Earlier today Gandhi also visited the College of Defence Management in Secunderabad. Here she addressed the course participants of Higher Defence Management Course Serial No.13 (HDMC 13) and their spouse on an important topic of ‘Women and Child Development and Management of Stray Animals’, reported ANI.
In her speech, Gandhi also spoke about the importance of ladies in armed forces and how they can be role models in sphere of women and child development and management of stray dogs. The news agency further stated that the Union Minister urged the ladies to start a mission to plant trees with commercial and health benefits. Later in her address, she recalled her childhood memories of growing up in Military Cantonments and identified with the audience based on her own familial connections with the armed forces.