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International Women’s Day, 2021 is being celebrated in N. F. Railway. As part of celebration, a seminar with theme- #ChooseToChallenge has been organized at NFR Headquarter today with participation of good numbers of women employees. The General Manager, N. F. Railway Shri Anshul Gupta was present in today’s seminar and awarded some women employees of different departments with certificate of appreciation in recognition of their outstanding performance and to inspire other women employees. Various other events will also be held from 9th to 12thMarch, 2021 which includes training session o­n ‘Capacity Building of Railway Women Employees through Information & Communication Technology’. Celebration of Women’s Day is assumed very significance as because railway is employing good number of women as employee every year. The women employees are performing tough field jobs like train driver, guard, gateman, track maintenance duty, TTE, train examination duty, RPF, technician, welder etc. braving scorching sun or rain at par with their male counterpart.

            NFR has taken various steps towardswomen empowerment and enhancement of the role of women employees in the work field.With the focus to instill pride in women, Coach Maintenance Depot, Guwahati has engaged all-women gang for maintenance work at pit line and sick line. It has been done for first time in Indian Railways. Women staffs are engaged in various rake examination duties such as air brake testing using RTR, changing safety strap, changing brake block, maintenance of brake calipers, comprehensive checking of trolleyat pit line/Guwahati.The women staffs were imparted classroom training over the various concepts of maintenance work involved in a train with the existing technicians.

Nomita Sonowal, Techinician/Dibrugarh Workshop has been engaged in operating Surface wheel lathe and Vertical turret lathe machine; Arfin Ara Begum, Techincian/Dibrugarh Workshop has been engaged in operating Horizontal milling machine; Rekha Rani Mondal, Welder/New Bongaigaon C&W Workshop has good knowledge of working in MIG and TIG welding machines. Good numbers of women track maintainer staffs over NFR are engaged as gateman and for other track maintenance works.

 It is noteworthy that NFR sports persons have marked their dominance in the world and make India proud at the big stage. NFR sport persons like Miss Saikhom Mirabai Chanu, OSD (Sports), Miss Sanjita Chanu, Travelling Ticket Inspector, Miss Bhagyabati Kachari, Technician/II/DSL have won many accolades for the country and they have become an inspiration for many other female athletes to take up the sport.

(Subhanan Chanda)
CPRO/N.F. Railway

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