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Pralhad Joshi urges CIL to empower women employees, promote gender equality

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  • CIL, a Maharatna PSU of the Ministry of Coal, has around 20,000 women in its workforce, including its mines
  • In September 2021, Coal India posted its first woman engineer in an open cast mine when CCL appointed Shivani Meena as an Excavation Engineer in the Rajrappa project

New Delhi: On the occasion of International Women’s Day 2022, Union Minister for Coal Pralhad Joshi said that it is the responsibility of Coal India Ltd (CIL), as one of India’s top corporate women employers, to empower and motivate women workforce. “Keep promoting gender equality in the organisation, @CoalIndiaHQ. As one of India’s top corporate women employers, it is the company’s responsibility to Empower, Motivate and #BreakTheBias,” Joshi said in a tweet on Tuesday.

The minister urged all organisations under the Ministry of Coal to keep promoting gender equality. 

CIL has 20,000 women employees

CIL, a Maharatna PSU of the Ministry of Coal, has around 20,000 women in its workforce, including its mines. In September 2021, Coal India posted its first woman engineer in an open cast mine when its Jharkhand-based subsidiary Central Coalfields Ltd (CCL) appointed Shivani Meena as an Excavation Engineer in the Rajrappa project. 

In a statement released on Tuesday, Coal India Chairman and Managing Director (CMD) Pramod Agrawal said that until some time back, the coal mining sector was considered a male-dominated territory. However, with time that perception has changed, he said. “In Coal India, women are not just engaged in medical, paramedical and corporate office divisions, but they are also engaged in operations of Heavy Earth Moving Machinery (HEMM). We have brilliance Excavation Engineers like Aakansha and Shivani. While Aakansha is posted in Churi underground mine of CCL, Shivani is posted in Rajrappa open cast project.”

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