For the first time in Coal India, woman officer was appointed in underground mines

For the first time in the history of Coal India, a woman officer has been posted in an underground mine. Hazaribagh resident female mining officer Akanksha has been posted by CCL in Churi Mines of NK area. Akanksha, a resident of Barkagaon, has contributed in the Churi underground mine of North Karanpura on Tuesday. Akanksha is the second woman mining engineer in the entire Coal India and the first woman to contribute in an underground mine. Here, Union Coal Minister Prahlad Joshi has congratulated Akanksha by tweeting. He has said that the Ministry of Coal has taken initiative for gender equality.

Akanksha has done her schooling from Navodaya Vidyalaya. She has closely watched the coal mining activities around her since childhood. Because of this, her interest in mining has been there from the beginning. In the year 2018, she completed her studies in Mining Engineering from BIT Sindri, Dhanbad. Before contributing to Coal India, she worked for three years at Hindustan Zinc Limited’s Ballaria mine in Rajasthan. Akanksha’s father is a teacher and mother is a housewife.

Akanksha said that she has previously worked in metal mines.  She is aware of the challenges of the mining sector.  Her house is near the mining area. For this reason, there was curiosity about mining since childhood. When she got a chance to enroll in engineering, she chose mining. Excited to work in Coal India. She says that she will face every challenge of the underground mine with success.

(EW correspondent)