In a bid to contribute towards the environment, Veena Driving School management on Wednesday distributed driving licences along with one sapling each to its students. The saplings were offered as part of school’s ‘Save Greenery’ campaign.
The management distributed 33 licenses to unemployed and financially backward people selected for the course by the Mysuru City Corporation under Central government’s National Urban Livelihood Mission (NULM) scheme, after the successful completion of the driving course.
Of 52 selected people, only 33 turned up for the course. Earlier, the management had imparted driving skills to around 100 beneficiaries of total 139 and provided them with driving licenses.
Speaking after distributing the licences to the beneficiaries, Corporator M V Ram Prasad said the training they (beneficiaries) have got would help them for their living. He advised the beneficiaries to utilise the training and get into driving jobs as to earn more and look after their families.
Many beneficiaries who had taken up the course were in jobs with meagre salary and told City Today that “it’s not sufficient to feed their families”.
Prasad said the MCC has taken up many skill development programmes for downtrodden such as tailoring, computer training, and painting. The very intention behind such programmes, he added, was to make people from the financially ill families self-sufficient.
One of the beneficiaries Raju (46) told City Today that he worked as a mechanic at a garage and the money he got from there was not enough to look after his family. “Now that I know driving, I will get into some private companies as a driver or purchase a vehicle and drive for living,” visibly happy Raju said.
Corporator Syed Sadik, KPCC district secretary Anand, Dalit leader Revanna and others were present.
Veena, driving school owner, said that the students have been trained well and they were ready to take up driving jobs anywhere. Commenting on the unique way of creating awareness about the conservation of the environment by distributing saplings along with the licences, Veena said, “at a time when people have forgotten their responsibility towards nature, everyone ought to realise that human existence is dependent on the existence of nature.”