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In A Historic Move, Indian Army Invites Women To Apply For Soldier Rank In Military Police

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The Indian Army on April 25 adopted a historic decision by inviting women to join the military as soldiers in the Military Police. So far, women were only permitted to be appointed in the ranks of officers and above and Military Police had been an exclusive all-male sector. However, this is the first time women will be inducted into the Military Police, reported ANI.

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The application notice was published on April 25, 2019, three months after the government announced that women would be inducted into the force in the “Personnel Below Officer Rank” (PBOR) category.

Application window closes on June 8

The first-ever application process for women to be recruited as jawans begins today and the online registration window will remain open till June 8, 2019. Women are estimated to constitute up to 20% of the Corps of Military Police, who will be deployed in a wide range of operations – from on-field assistance to investigating criminal cases. They are also delegated to deal with prisoners of war during a conflict scenario. As of now, the Army has decided to recruit 52 women personnel every year and gradually create an 800-strong all-women battalion.

Though the achievements of women Army personnel are hailed from time to time, few are aware that women till date were only allowed in specific wings like medical, legal, educational, engineering and signals. Statistics show that women comprise only 3.8% of the Army workforce. The figures are 13.09% in Indian Air Force (IAF) and 6% in the Indian Navy.

Govt declared the proposal in January

Army officials assert that the initiative is the brainchild of Army Chief Gen Bipin Rawat, who tabled the proposal after taking charge as the Chief, reported Hindustan Times. Rawat had informed in 2018 that the possibility for inducting women in the military police would soon become a reality and the requisite procedure was proceeding in a timely manner. In January this year, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman had declared about the government’s decision to recruit women in a combat role, to increase the representation of women in all the three Defence services.

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Indeed, this is a laudable step by the Indian Army which will not only open more avenues for Indian women but also serve as a blazing example of women empowerment for the nation.

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Goonj Is Working With 1000’s Of Volunteers & Partner NGOs To Provide Covid-19 Relief In 18 States

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With the extension of the lockdown the crisis of migrant labourers and daily wagers has just grown bigger due to uncertainty and fear of future. In the migrant colonies, slums and for people in the villages hunger and desperation is building up day by day. This is high time we step up our efforts to support our people who are in dire need of food and hygiene essentials to survive the pandemic, Covid-19.

After the India-wide lockdown, a lot of jobless migrant workers are stuck in cities with hardly any resources while many started retreating back to their villages. With the loss of livelihoods, a large number of them are now struggling to support their families.

Goonj activated its pan India teams and a pan India network of partner organizations and volunteers in urban and rural India. This network, built over the last two decades, helps them learn from the ground, reach material quickly and review and adapt strategy periodically. Intensifying this network has helped Goonj reach and start work across 17produced states/UT in the last three weeks.
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Goonj’s focus: 

Majority of the Covid-19 relief work by non profits right now is in the metros and cities but Goonj is the only non profit that is also simultaneously focusing on the people in the villages and the ones stuck on highways or somewhere.

Goonj is targeting daily wagers, migrants and other vulnerable groups, who even traditionally are left out like the disabled, sex workers, LGBTQ community.

“COVID-19 is a crisis, yes…But, it’s also an opportunity for us to build the society anew. Not ‘for’ the people…but, ‘with’ the people. And in the process, we will build ourselves too.” – Anshu Gupta, Founder-Director, Goonj.

Direct Monetary and Material Transfer

Wherever Goonj got the permission to open their centres for packing and disbursement of relief material kits, they are creating a kit consisting of 20-30 kgs material including dry rations, masks, sanitary pads and other hygiene material and reaching them to people, as per needs and as per regulations with all safety precautions. This kit will help a family survive for 30 days.

Information till 10th April 2020:

  • Distributed 15,100 ration kits reaching thousands of people
  • Reached 17,700 families
  • Supporting 12 community kitchen across India with 16,600kgs of ration
  • 77,800 food packets provided to migrant laborers and daily wagers walking on the roads across the country.
  • Provided direct financial support to 32 organisations
  • Made 42,800 cloth face masks
  • 24,900 cloth sanitary napkins produced
  • Produced 1500 litres of organic sanitiser

In Goonj’s processing centers its trained team of women are making cloth face masks and cloth sanitary pads (MY-Pads), keeping all the precautions and with the permission and cooperation of the local authorities.

In this lock-down phase if you are facing any difficulty getting sanitary pads or you are running out of stock, here’s a detailed but very simple process of making Cloth Pads at home created by Goonj. “This is how we make Goonj MY Pads.” This is how our mothers and grandmothers turned their spare cloth into pads.

This disaster, unlike any other, is unprecedented in its scale and impact and that’s why we all must do our bit with Goonj to continue its relief work for millions of people in this still unfolding long-tailed disaster.

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