Tata Motors has joined hands with the Indian Oil Corporation Ltd. (IOCL) to introduce an industry-first driver welfare initiative ‘Saarthi Aaram Kendra’ in the country. This first-of-its-kind programme is aimed towards the betterment of the driver community in India. Under this initiative, Tata will setup pit stops for drivers to take rest on high traffic National Highways, thereby ensuring their physical and mental well-being. The first ‘Saarthi Aaram Kendra’ was inaugurated at Bawal on NH8, which is India’s busiest National highway.
Saarthi Aaram Kendra facilities have been comprehensively designed to have several amenities for the truck drivers, which includes restrooms, restaurant, secured parking with CCTV camera, self-cooking, launderette, open bathing facility, barber shop, clean drinking water facility, TV and Wi-Fi. In addition, these will also provide truck related services from the vehicle service workshop available within the premises. Besides this welfare initiative, the company has also launched a ‘Tata Motors Samarth’ which will provide the truck owners with accidental insurance, hospitalization cover, financial counselling and educational assistance packages for their children.
Taking a leaf out of Tata's book, IOCL has also introduced ‘Ujala’ scheme under which regular eye check-ups, distribution of driver kits and training on safe driving practices will be conducted for the truck drivers through its Large Format ROs and ‘Sarai’. Commenting on the initiative, Mr Girish Wagh, President - CVBU, Tata Motors Limited, said that Tata Motors is fully committed to ensure road safety and comfort to the truck drivers. Saarthi Aaram Kendra is an initiative offering basic facilities on the go to the commercial vehicle saarthis. It offers an environment wherein saarthis will easily have access to their basic needs, this, in turn, will help them de-stress after long journeys and thereby improve their overall efficiency.