Who said it’s a man’s world? Women in Maharashtra sure don’t think so. They have taken up the task to give the linemen a run for their job.
Around 2,200 women were chosen for the training for the job of linemen and that too solely based on their merit.
After going through a seven-day rigorous training, 700 women from the 2,200, have moved on to the next level. These women are equal to their male counterparts in everything except the numbers. But that has not stopped them from climbing poles to fix faults or even to cut a connection.
“We want to do something; we want to show these men that whatever they can do, we can do as well,” said Ganga Gudor who finished her training in three to four months and enjoys her work immensely.
These women are being trained at Nashik, Aurangabad, Sangli and Amravati under the guidance of chief engineer Chandrashekhar Yerme.
Managing director of Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (MSEDCL) Ajoy Mehta said, “Till now, women who have been employed in this sector were only stationed behind the desk. But it’s time now that women take part in the male-dominated areas, such as performing the duties of a lineman.”
During training, the women are being provided with safety harnesses. For some, it has been the first time they have ever climbed a pole. And they have received full backing from their families and colleagues.
The safety of the women has been the topmost priority and new outfits have been designed to make them feel comfortable while doing their job. Also, they have been equipped with rubber gloves and boots to prevent any further harm.
A special cell has been developed for these women that will directly communicate with Mehta and report to him whatever problems they face, so that quick action can be taken.
Around 253 women have already been trained and posted at different stations.
Yerme said, “You can see how confident these women are after receiving the training.”