Initially there was a hiccup among the women but gradually the hiccups ended and today more than 100 pink autos are running on the streets of Ranchi, all of them run by working women.
Recalling her past days, Reena Devi says that when the husband died untimely in the year 2014-15, the responsibility of running the house came on her. First started teaching in a private school, but there were only 32 hundred rupees, due to which it was difficult to run a house. In such a situation, he decided to run an auto and decided to learn it. By becoming a pink auto driver, she is earning 15–15 thousand rupees every month, taking care of her family, as well as teaching her children in private schools.
Women feel safe by traveling to Pink Auto
Reena, an auto driver, not only took care of her family, but she also made women in Ranchi feel safe while traveling by auto. Ariba Maryam, who always travels on Pink Auto, told News18 that she usually felt a bit uncomfortable and insecure while traveling in auto. But now she feels better by sitting in pink auto. Only women travel on pink auto. That is, an auto that is completely dedicated to women. Phoolmani, like Reena, is one such female auto driver who previously used to work as a peon in school. But now she also earns 500 to 600 rupees every day by driving an auto. The tribal woman Phoolmani says that she now runs pink auto for hire, but if the government provides auto on loan then her life will be better.
How Pink Auto started in Ranchi
The credit for starting Pink Auto in Ranchi goes to Sanjay Sahu, a social worker from Argowda who brought the concept of Pink Auto for the first time. His vision was to empower women and improve their standard of living. Initially there was a reluctance among women about it, but gradually the hiccup ended and to date, more than 100 pink autos are running on the streets of Ranchi, all of them being run by working women.