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Maharashtra gets its first set of Women Commanders to protect forest

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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.

Flash points

  • 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 19-24Women Commanders
  • 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