Women have been finding a place for themselves in all the challenging fields. Recently Indian Navy announced to recruit 3 female fighter pilots. Similarly, Women have been chosen as forest guards in Maharashtra.
- A batch of 20 women are likely to become the first women commandos of the state forestry department.
- They were trained from Gadchiroli’s Jungle Tactic and Survival Course (JTSC)
- The one-month training began on February 8 and it include women of the age group 19-24
- The training focused on weapon handling and firing, setting up ambush, carrying out raids, nakabandis, patrolling information through the jungle and surviving for days in the jungle in emergencies
- It is the first time the forest guards are given commando training
- They were given this training to tackle the teakwood smugglers in Sironcha forest region according to the recommendation of Deotale Committee
- The women forest guards will be posted in eight ranges namely Sironcha, Asarali, Zinganur, Dechhlipetha, Pranhita, Bamni, Jimalgatta and Kamlapur
- The smugglers use women as shields to escape from forest guards. This created the need for women forest guards said Neelima Salote ,the senior-most in the new batch of commandos
Points to note
- Maharashtra CM- Devendra Fadnavis
- Union Minister of Environment and Forestry– Prakash Javadekar