Maheswari Patnaik:First Woman Bus Conductor in South Odisha #Firstwoman #Odisha #News
Commuters in the underdeveloped tribal-dominated Koraput district in Odisha are in for a surprise, there is a young lady conductor in one of the buses of the newly-introduced city bus service in the district.
Maheswari Patnaik first woman conductor in south Odisha -19 year-old Maheswari Patnaik of Jeypore, who has dared to break shackles of traditional mindset to become the first woman conductor in south Odisha.
Although there are some women conductors in buses in other parts of the State and the country, in undivided Koraput district, the field was always thought to be meant for males.
Ms Maheswari says she always wanted to prove that there is no difference between men and women, and girls can do any work that men do.
She thanks her parents as well as the local municipal councillor for encouraging her when she decided to go for this profession. She was the only girl who had applied for the job of the bus conductor when the interview was held on June 3.
“In our region most families think girls are burden for their parents. My parents have only two daughters and I am the younger one. I am too happy that in stead of being a burden, I am supporting my family,” she says.
Her father is a driver with the Odisha State Road Transport Corporation (OSRTC).