LAHORE: At least 3,000 women will be given motorcycles after completing their training as per the Women on Wheels programme in Punjab, reported Express News.
Punjab Strategic Reforms Unit Head Salman Sufi said that the provincial development forum along with the Planning and Development Department have funded Rs80 million for the distribution of motorcycles among women.
In the first phase, 700 women will be given red motorcycles manufactured by Honda and the distribution of motorcycles to 300 women will begin from May 13.
Women on Wheels trains 3,500 women across Punjab
In the second phase, 1,000 women will get bikes whereas 1,300 women will receive their share in the last phase.
According to the plan, the motorcycles are being given to women in five districts of Punjab which include Lahore, Faisalabad, Rawalpindi, Multan and Gujranwala.
On May 13, a women motorbike riders rally will also take place in which civil society would participate too.
Sufi said the motorbikes will facilitate the women working in several departments and would boost their self-reliance apart from the sense of protection.
The Women on Wheel projects began in 2015. Rs27,000 advance was taken from the women applicants and they will even have to pay Rs1,800 as the monthly instalment.
Annually, they would have to pay Rs49,600 in total which also includes registration fee and insurance of the motorcycle.
Moreover, women have undergone free motorcycle riding training.
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