Nghaktea, a regular cab driver in Mizoram has been driving taxi on the curved roads of Mizoram, in addition to helping passengers in loading and unloading baggage like any other driver in the area. But the exception in his case is that Nghaktea is a right hand amputee.
The story of this differently-abled cab driver from Hnahthial village in south Mizoram is inspiring hundreds of people with disabilities. A cab driver by profession, Nghaktea injured his right hand during a dynamite blast in Mizoram about ten years back. The damage caused by the dynamite was so severe that his right hand had to be amputated.
Nghaktea said that he broke down mentally and depression crept in. He was worried about how he would feed his family. But with strong will and sheer determination, Nghaktea trained himself to drive with one hand and made several modifications to his maxi cab so that most of the control panels could be operated using just his left hand. With a new acquired confidence, Nghaktea resumed his job.
To his surprise, passengers were willing to board his cab instead of doubting him and it reinstated his faith. Passengers say that Nghaktea is the best driver around.
Nghaktea mentioned that the Ministry of Road and Transport have processes to for the disabled to acquire a driving license. Provisions regarding the licensing of handicapped drivers are mentioned in the Motor Vehicles Rules. ‘But the process is long and requires lot of paperwork.’