Srinagar : Breaking all orthodox ideologies, Pooja Devi of Kathua district has become the first woman bus driver of Jammu and Kashmir. Pooja Devi, the mother of three, has set an example for many women by driving a bus from Jammu to Kathua on Thursday. Pooja Devi adopted this profession even after the unhappiness of her family members and now Pooja is being highly praised on social media.
According to the news of ‘Greater Kashmir’, Pooja is a driving trainer but she always wanted to become a professional driver. Pooja’s family and in-laws were against her decision to become a driver. The first time she drove the bus, her young son was with her.
Pooja said, “I was really shocked when Kuldeep Singh, President of Jammu-Kathua Road bus station accepted my application. He was the one who showed confidence in my driving.
Pooja told, ‘I don’t know what my family must be thinking now. They might have realized that my desire to become a professional driver was not wrong. This is not only related to fulfilling my wish, but it will also help me financially. She said that her family’s financial condition is poor and it is a big reason that she decided to be the bus driver.
Pooja said, ‘I was getting Rs 10,000 as a trainer in a prestigious driving institute in Jammu. When I got a license to drive a heavy vehicle, I approached the union and they showed confidence in my skill and gave me the responsibility of driving a passenger bus between Jammu and Kathua.’
When asked the reason behind choosing this profession, Pooja said that when women can become pilots, doctors, police officers, why can’t they become professional drivers? Pooja said that people greeted her at every bus stop. She is getting the love of other drivers and people. This is very encouraging for her.