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A food ordering and delivery firm Swiggy based out in Bengaluru on Tuesday said it would involve approximately 2,000 women as delivery personnel by March 2019.
"About 2,000 women will join our delivery team by March next year. Over the last few months, we have been working on training women for opportunities in this growing food delivery sector," said the leading online food delivery platform in a statement.
The company, which currently engages a lakh personnel every day to deliver food across 45 Indian cities it operates in, is aiming to create a comprehensive workforce by deploying more women as delivery personnel.
At present, about 60 women are tied up with Swiggy across 10 cities, including Ahmadabad, Kochi, Kolkata, Mumbai, Nagpur, and Pune, to deliver food.
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The employment of women as delivery personnel has been inadequate collectively.
"We are creating a women-friendly work environment with a dedicated helpline for any concern, as well as appointing more women in managerial roles," the company said.
It further said it is identifying 'safe zones' for women delivery personnel to operate in and will allow them to complete their deliveries by 6 p.m.
"Since inception, we have seen the potential in investing in logistical prowess, which has helped us in having end-to-end control over the food delivery experience," Swiggy Vice President (Operations) Sachin Kotangale said in the statement.
The food delivery platform, which was initiated in 2014 claims to receive nearly 20 million orders in a month across 45,000 eateries in 45 cities, including New Delhi, Hyderabad, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Chennai, Kolkata, Gurugram and Pune.
It raised $210 million (around Rs 1,500 crore) from numerous investment firms and has up to now raised more than $460 million (around Rs 3,350 crore).
The firm, which has more than 4,000 employees, reported an operating revenue of Rs 442-crore for fiscal 2017-18.