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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‘Happy Fridge’: The Key To Bridge Food Wastage And Hunger Problem In India

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Rahul Khera and Gautam Jindal, volunteers (aka hunger heroes) at Feeding India, were among the many Delhi NCR residents accustomed to seeing hungry children pick up half-eaten burgers or stale sandwiches from the dustbin and savour those with the brightest smiles. Like many others, they also had the will to promote equitable food distribution but was perplexed about the approach, until they learnt about the community fridge initiative which has gained unprecedented success in Saudi Arabia and few other European countries. Meanwhile, community fridges were already being installed outside restaurants or in public places in a handful of cities like Mumbai, Bengaluru, Kolkata, Coimbatore and Kochi.

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Needless to mention, with a shocking 103rd rank in the Global Hunger Index and a food wastage estimate of around Rs 58,000 crore – India was perhaps the best country to implement such an initiative. With Gautam’s help, an enthusiastic Rahul invested his own savings to install a ‘Happy Fridge’ outside his residence at Sun City, Sector 54 in Gurgaon. Set up in 2017 by these Feeding India volunteers, the fridge in Gurgaon has inspired the NGO to scale up the project across India.

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‘Happy Fridge’ fostered many smiles

It didn’t take long for the local residents to learn about this laudable endeavour. They welcomed it, as wastage of excess food was a recurring problem in almost every household. “Intimating the localities was no mammoth task, thanks to social media. However, it was difficult to spread the word among those who actually needed the food,” shares Rahul, who went from auto stands to slums, inviting rickshaw pullers, ragpickers or roadside vendors to avail the community fridge any time they feel hungry. “The security guards of our residential complex played a huge role in explaining how the fridge works to the beneficiaries,” he adds.

The operational and maintenance costs of the ‘ happy fridge ‘ are being maintained diligently by the community members.

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“I remember one young man who had arrived from a village looking for some menial day job. Somehow he had run out of his paltry savings and had no money to buy one decent meal a day. For about a month, our happy fridge was his solace, till he earned his first salary from a housekeeping job,” shares a jubilant Rahul.

In another incident, a truck driver returning in the wee hours of midnight was starving after a whole day’s hard work. He had run out of cooking fuel at his home, so our fridge was at his rescue.

“The residents keep all sorts of palatable dishes in the happy fridge, ranging from dry snacks, fruits to cooked meals. Sometimes, they even keep raw vegetables, to ensure not a single bit of good food ends up in their trash while other people go hungry to bed,” reveals Rahul.

On an average, each happy fridge supplies around 10-15 meals in a day. The gratitude and pure smiles of the hungry souls after a fulfilling meal are more than enough to continue to motivate Rahul and his neighbours. In fact, inspired by him, many other communities in the Delhi-NCR region set up community fridges in their areas.

Feeding India will set up 500 Happy Fridges

Since the past few years, Feeding India has been a prominent organisation working in the forefront to solve the hunger problem in India. Primarily, they were involved in redistributing leftover food from weddings and parties among the underprivileged people in different cities of India. Their volunteers, better known as “Hunger Heroes of India”, worked actively to bridge the gap between food wastage and food crisis.

“We used to get a lot of calls from individual households to collect their excess food. However, unfortunately, we lacked the manpower and planning to launch our programme on a door to door basis. We were desperately looking for an alternative when we learnt about the community fridges,” shares Srishti Jain, co-founder of Feeding India.

After interacting with Rahul Khera and other campaigners of community fridges, Feeding India decided to amplify this extraordinary project throughout the length and breadth of India. Presently, they have launched the #FightFoodWaste campaign to install 500 community fridges – nicknamed ‘ Happy Fridge ’. So any passer-by – be it a kid going to school without a lunchbox, or a labourer returning home late at night with no promise of a dinner – can now grab a pack of biscuits or a bowl of ‘dal-chawal’ (rice & lentil soup) to satiate their hunger. Click here to contribute for ‘ Happy Fridge ‘ and ensure India never sleeps hungry again.

Feeding India also urges everyone to make a promise to stop wasting food and instead consider donating it to those in need.

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