Nirupama Sekhri

Ashoka Fellow
Fellow Since 2003
Sukhad Yatra Foundation


This profile was prepared when Nirupama Sekhri was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2003.
The New Idea
Over the years, the trucking industry in India has developed in a disorganized, fragmented manner whose main aim is minimizing costs and maximizing profits. Drivers have been exploited by transport owners and truck operators, as well by the government, which has overlooked its duty to ensure safety.
Having identified truck terminals as the primary centers where drivers, operators, and owners congregate, Nirupama is redesigning these terminals to create trucker-friendly centers that will cater to the needs of the drivers and encourage them to take up issues like safety and rights.
Nirupama's intervention is not only timely but also–able potentially–to spread far with the growing geographic expansion of the newer truck terminals. The government of India is currently moving many existing city terminals to new suburban locations.
The Problem
The Strategy
The Person

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