Akanksha Kumari is the first female mining engineer in the history of Coal India to work in the underground mines. Ms Kumari made history by joining Central Coalfields Limited (CCL) at the Churi underground mines in the North Karanpura area of Jharkhand. In a tweet shared on Tuesday, Central Coalfields Limited – a subsidiary of Coal India – said Akanksha Kumari became the first female mining engineer to join CCL.
“A graduate of BIT Sindri, Ms. Kumari broke the gender barriers by joining Churi UG mine, NK Area. She became the first female mining engineer in CIL history to work in underground mines,” read the tweet.
CCL gets its first ever #Ladies mining engineer, Ms Akanksha Kumari.
Ms. Kumari, BIT Sindri graduate, broke the gender barriers by joining Churi UG mine, NK Area. She became the first female mining engineer in CIL history to work in underground mines
— Central Coalfields Limited (@CCLRanchi) August 31, 2021
In a statement released by Bihar’s Press Information Bureau, Central Coalfields said its female employees have excelled in a number of roles ranging from officer to doctor to security guard to even driving heavy machinery. However, this is “the first time the core business of one of the largest mining companies in the world will witness this progressive change.”
“The sheer magnitude of her achievement can be measured by the fact that Akanksha is the second mining engineer in the Maharatna conglomerate Coal India Limited and the first woman to work in an underground coal mine,” the statement said.
Union Minister of Coal, Mines and Parliamentary Affairs Pralhad Joshi congratulated Ms Kumari on her achievement.
Progressive Governance: To Promote Gender Equality and Generate More Opportunities, Govt Under PM @narendramodi ji allowed women to work in underground coal mines.
— Pralhad Joshi (@JoshiPralhad) August 31, 2021
Three-time BJP MP PC Mohan hailed it as a historic moment for gender representation.
A historic moment for gender representation!
Judges Hima Kohli, BV Nagarathna and Bela M Trivedi – three women were sworn in as judges of the #SupremeCourtOfIndia.
— PC Mohan (@PCMohanMP) August 31, 2021
The official Twitter account of the Ministry of Coal also congratulated the engineer, writing: “You are an inspiration to many women.”
Congratulations to Ms Akanksha Kumari for becoming the first female mining engineer in @CoalIndiaHQ to work in an underground mine. You are an inspiration to many women. #WomenEmpowermenthttps://t.co/RltxP6ZVcx
— Ministry of Coal (@CoalMinistry) August 31, 2021
A resident of Barkagaon in Hazaribagh district, Jharkhand, Akanksha Kumari belongs to the mining belt and witnessed mining activities up close since she was a child. With a natural interest in mining, she chose to study mining engineering at Birsa Institute of Technology Sindri.
Ms. Kumari says she received unwavering support from her family, which allowed her to pursue her dreams.
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