A woman in her 40s is looking to save $1,000 a year by getting an assistant driver’s licence to save on fuel and reduce her travel costs to work.
She said that was what was stopping her from going on a job search, and she has been frustrated by the fact that there are so many job postings on LinkedIn for assistant drivers.
“There are people out there who are working but don’t want to work,” said Ms Gopal, a medical assistant in Juhu.
“They want to be doing something else.”
Ms Golkonda is one of a growing number of people in Jammu and Kashmir who are looking for ways to save their living costs.
“It’s not as simple as just getting an extra salary, it’s also saving money,” said Raghu, an assistant teacher from Gulbarga in Jhelum district.
“If I can get an assistant licence I can save a little more on my salary.”
She said she had applied for a new job after being laid off in 2016 and found out she could get a licence in two years.
“I was looking for a job, I wasn’t looking for anything but a job,” said the 50-year-old.
“But now I am looking for something else, and there is nothing else I can do.”
The State Government is working on a pilot project for women drivers in J&k.
The plan is to get more women into the industry through a training program and a licensing scheme.
J&K Government is also encouraging women to apply for licences through a mobile app.
“We are looking at making it easier for people to apply and get their license,” said Jammu & Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Minister of State for Women, Anurag Sharma.
“In Jammu, only a third of the women who apply for a licence are selected for the driving test.”