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She's Mumbai's first woman station master

STATION MASTER NEWS: She's Mumbai's first woman station master:
Mamta Kulkarni is India's first woman station master
















A woman station master in Mumbai is a rare sight.
"There are 997 station masters in Mumbai division, but only nine are women. Some joined only a few years ago," says Mamta Kulkarni, the pioneer in the field who joined the Mumbai division of the Indian Railways as the first assistant station master in 1992.
I meet her on a Saturday, at her home, a couple of hours before she was to start work -- the 6 pm to midnight shift.
She is dressed in a crisp white formal half sleeved shirt and white trousers.
She gives her two daughters Sanika and Mudra -- studying in classes six and four -- a string of instructions: "Finish your homework. Do not fight with each other. Do not step out of the house when you are alone. Call me or Papa if you need anything."
She is 44 years old now and is deputy station manager at Thane, Mumbai. She has been in service for over 22 years.
Her husband Vivek works for the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation.
In this interview with Divya Nair/Rediff.com, she talks about the challenges she faced and how she overcame them all to set an example for others.
Joining the Railways
My father was employed by the Central Government and it was my dream to serve the government.
We lived in Bhandup (Mumbai) and every time I spotted a station master in uniform, I was curious to know more. I knew that a station master commanded respect.
After a BSc in Chemistry from Jhunjhunwala College in Ghatkopar, I was studying for a diploma in Medical Laboratory from K J Somaiya College in Vidyavihar when I saw the advertisement for recruitment of women in the Railways.
My parents encouraged me to apply for the position of assistant station master. I cleared the written test and got the offer letter.
This was in 1991 and I was 21 years old.
I had no idea then that I would become the first woman to occupy that post.
Some seven or eight women gave the written test but I was the only one who managed to crack it.
During the training, I was the only female in a batch of 60.
On May 19, 1992, I joined the Mumbai division of Indian Railways as the first assistant station master. I was posted in Kurla.
A lot of people told me that I was the first female station master in India. I filed an RTI in October 2012 to confirm the fact.
I got a reply in November 2012 stating that I was the first female station master in Mumbai division, but there was no clarity on who's the first in India.
The letter stated that the Railway Board will give me the details. I haven't heard from them yet.
The challenges

Photo: Mamta Kulkarni (extreme left) with her colleagues at the Kurla office in 1992.
On my first day in office, many people peeped into my office to get a look at me.
Some days later, one of them told me that they had never seen a woman station master.
Some of my colleagues told me that a station master’s job wasn't meant for women. They told me of the long and odd working hours and the stress in order to discourage me.
Instead of appreciating the fact that a woman was working so hard, I was disappointed to find that I could not expect much encouragement from my colleagues.
In the six years I worked there I faced a lot of problems -- from non co-operating colleagues to ego issues that came in the way of my work.
Even when I was pregnant with my first child I did rotating shifts at the CST (Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus) office, climbing five floors more than once a day.
I worked throughout the nine months of my pregnancy, without complaining, because I believe in commitment to work.
I travelled late hours during the Mumbai riots, stayed back at work during the terrorist attack in 2008 and visited accident sites and courts during both my pregnancies.
Some of my male colleagues would wonder what stuff I was made of.
During the deluge in 2005, all the men were sent away.
I was the only woman on duty and I worked for more than 24 hours, attending calls, manning the station, delegating work and monitoring the activity on the railway tracks.
I have lost count of the festivals and social gatherings I have missed in the 22 years I have been working.
I am not the only woman who has made many sacrifices to focus on her career. I believe it's a small price to pay when you are set to make a mark.
Work-life balance

For a working woman in India who is married and has kids, there is no perfect work life balance. But one can always prioritise and make optimum use of available time.
I am lucky my husband volunteers to take care of the kids whenever he is home.
My mother-in-law also helps me manage the house. Without their help I would have been forced to quit a long time ago.
Given my odd working hours, I am extremely organised and plan things well in advance to avoid any inconvenience to my family.
People are surprised when I tell them I don’t have any maids or servants to help me.
If I am doing a night shift, I sleep for about four hours and finish my household stuff in the morning hours.
I cook the food, help the kids with their homework and even take them out shopping on my weekly offs.
My kids have become independent. They used to get upset initially, but now they are very accommodating and understand my limitations.
During Diwali, if I have a late evening shift, I do Laxmi Pooja in the morning. I prepare the sweets in advance so that my family doesn’t miss out on the celebrations.
The perks
Not many people are aware of the responsibilities of a station master.
We have a lot of power. My presence of mind and quick delegation has averted several accidents and derailments.
These things never get reported in newspapers. Only accidents and mishaps are reported.
Those few who know me and my work are proud of my achievements. When others tried to discourage me, my family and friends kept me going.
Lessons learned
I have learnt that circumstances may not always be favourable.
You have to be strong enough to rise above the challenges and motivate yourself to see the positives around you.
When I was stressed and frustrated, my husband would tell me to look at the bright side of things.
"So many people are working under you. You have so much power that others do not have. You're so lucky and privileged," he would tell me
That would motivate me to ignore the negatives around me.
Advice
I understand that women tend to be insecure. That’s natural.
But we must understand that a lot of people -- both men and women -- will use this as a tool to prevent talented women from rising up the ladder.
As far as possible, we women must avoid showing our weaknesses to the world.
We should stand up for each other and fight discrimination, and take on the challenges to gain success.
Women should encourage and help each other to chase success rather than be stumbling blocks.ut only nine are women. S...

मिलिए, ये हैं असम की पहली दबंग लेडी IPS

जोरहाट
ब्यूटी विद द ब्रेन की मिसाल संजुक्ता पराशर आतंक के खिलाफ बहादुरी से लड़ रही हैं। असम की पहली महिला आईपीएस ऑफिसर संजुक्ता ने सिविल सर्विसेज में 85वीं रैंक हासिल की थी, वह चाहतीं तो आसानी से डेस्क जॉब कर सकती थीं लेकिन जवाहरलाल नेहरू यूनिवर्सिटी से पीएचडी होल्डर और दो साल के बच्चे की मां संजुक्ता ने पुलिस सर्विस की कठिन राह को चुना।

संजुक्ता की 2008 में पहली पोस्टिंग माकुम में असिस्टेंट कमांडेंट के तौर पर हुई थी, कुछ ही देर में उन्हें उदालगिरी में हुई बोडो और बांग्लादेशियों के बीच की जातीय हिंसा को काबू करने के लिए भेज दिया गया। अभी वह असम के जोरहाट जिले की एसपी हैं और लगातार असम के जंगलों में एके-47 थामे सीआरपीएफ के जवानों और कमांडों को लीड कर रही हैं।


पिछले महीने उनकी टीम ने सेना के काफिले पर हमले करने वाले उग्रवादियों की धरपकड़ की थी, साथ ही उन उग्रवादियों को भी पकड़ा जो जंगल को अपने छिपने के लिए इस्तेमाल करते थे। ऐसी जगह पर ऑपरेशन को लीड करना बेहद मुश्किल था, यह इलाका बेहद दुर्गम है जहां मौसम में नमी रहती है और न जाने कब बारिश हो जाए, नदी और जंगली जानवर का खतरा हर वक्त सामने रहता है।

लोकल लोग उग्रवादियों को पुलिस के मूवमेंट की सूचना देते रहते हैं। पिछले कुछ महीनों में उनके नेतृत्व में 16 उग्रवादियों को मार गिराया गया और 64 को गिरफ्तार कर भारी मात्रा में गोला-बारूद बरामद किया है।

असम की पहली महिला आईपीएस होने के नाते उन्हें पता है कि वह किस तरह वहां की महिलाओं के लिए एक रोल मॉडल हैं और उन्हें एक आशा की किरण मानती हैं। उन्होंने अपने एक इंटरव्यू में बताया था कि सिविल ड्रेस में उन्होंने कैसे बस, स्कूल, कॉलेजों में छेड़खानी करने वाले मनचलों को पकड़ा था।
SOURCE - navbharattimes

मिलिए, ये हैं असम की पहली दबंग लेडी IPS

यौन उत्पीड़न की शिकार महिला IAS की फेसबुक पोस्ट सोशल मीडिया में वायरल




मध्य प्रदेश में एक महिला आईएएस अधिकारी रिजु बाफना का फेसबुक स्टेट्स वायरल हो गया हैं। इस युवा महिला आईएएस अधिकारी ने अपने फेसबुक स्टेट्स में लिखा है कि मैं केवल यही दुआ कर सकती हूं कि इस देश में कोई महिला जन्म न ले। स्टेट्स के वायरल होने के चंद घंटों बाद ही ट्रेनी अधिकारी ने नई पोस्ट के जरिए खेद जताया।

सिवनी में पदस्थ रिजु बाफना ने मानवाधिकार आयोग से जुड़े एक मित्र के खिलाफ अश्लील मैसेज भेजने की शिकायत दर्ज कराई थी। इस शिकायत के आधार पर पुलिस ने आरोपी को गिरफ्तार भी किया था। स्थानीय कलेक्टर भरत यादव ने भी आरोपी को पद से हटाने के लिए पहल की थी। इसी मामले में अदालत में अपने बयान दर्ज करने पहुंची रिजु बाफना ने अपने अनुभव को फेसबुक के जरिए शेयर किया।

फेसबुक पोस्ट में रिजु बाफना ने लिखा, 'जब अपना बयान दर्ज कराने मैं अदालत पहुंची तो कक्ष में एक वकील और कुछ अन्य लोग भी मौजूद थे। इतने लोगों के सामने बयान देने को लेकर मैं असहज महसूस कर रही थी। मैंने मजिस्ट्रेट से सभी के वहां से जाने की गुजारिश की। मजिस्ट्रेट मेरी बात पर कुछ कहते इसके पहले कक्ष में मौजूद वकील ने चिल्लाते हुए कहा, 'आप अपने ऑफिस में ऑफिसर होंगी, अदालत में नहीं।'

मैंने कहा कि मैं आईएएस अधिकारी होने की वजह से नहीं, एक महिला होने के नाते से यह मांग कर रही हूं। वे बहस करते हुए आखिर चले गए। मैंने माननीय मजिस्ट्रेट से भी निवेदन किया कि उन्हें ध्यान रखना चाहिए कि यौन उत्पीड़न के मामले में जब कोई महिला अपना बयान दे रही हो, तो वहां दूसरे लोग मौजूद ना हों। इस पर जज ने कहा कि आप युवा हैं और इसी वजह से ऐसी मांग कर रही हैं।

मैं मजबूर थी। इस वजह से बयान दर्ज करा दिया। मुझे जो अनुभव हुआ है उससे लगता है कि एक बार फिर मेरे साथ उत्पीड़न हुआ। महिला आईएएस अधिकारी ने अंत में लिखा, ''मैं बस यही दुआ कर सकती हूं कि इस देश में कोई महिला ना जन्में. यहां हर कदम पर उल्लू बैठे हैं...।'
SOURCE - HINDUSTAN

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