Ahead of International Women’s Day on March 8, the Central Railway (CR) awarded three women employees with the ‘Swayamsiddha’ award Wednesday, for noteworthy progress in the field of education.
Aparna Thackeray (40) from Nagpur division of CR was awarded for setting up a school and sports academy for tribal children at Vidarbha while Asavari A Bhairavkar (38) from Mumbai division was felicitated for her dedication and perseverance in teaching others in order to fund her own education till her Masters degree. M Saundaryavalli (34) from Mumbai division was felicitated for her rise from a bungalow peon to an accounts assistant.
The programme was organised by CR’s Women Empowerment Cell, headed by Pragya Shangari, Financial Advisor and Chief Accounts Officer, CR, to felicitate 36 women employees for excellent achievements.
On the occasion, the annual women’s magazine, edited by Manjula Saxena, Deputy Chief Personnel Officer, CR, was released by General Manager SK Sood. Popular television artist Kishori Shahane was the chief guest of the function and TV actor Sneha Wagh, was also feliciated on the occasion. Wagh’s father Ganesh Laxman Wagh, is an employee in the Kalyan Electric Loco car shed of CR.
Aparna Thackrey, an international sportsperson, who has also been a national champion for four consecutive years from 1990 to 1994, said, “Despite numerous efforts, I could not achieve a lot professionally in the field of sports. However, with the help of my husband, I decided to do something for underprivileged children and ensure that their talent does not go waste.”
Aparna along with her husband Sharad Thackrey has opened a school for tribal children in Vaigaon in Wardha district. Last year, the first batch of nine students who appeared for the Secondary School Certificate examination passed with first class. Aparna has also opened a Tribal Sports Academy at the school to teach cricket, kho-kho, athletics and kabaddi to students.
Asavari Bhairavkar, a resident of Goregaon, was awarded for funding her own education since class IV. Bhairavkar has completed her Masters in Law, following which the railway employee appeared for a departmental exam in the Personnel department and was appointed as the Chief Law Assistant in 2006. “I will continue to fund my education by teaching,” she said.
M Saundaryavalli, a resident of Kalyan, was first employed by the CR as a bungalow peon in 2010. However, with continuous encouragement from officer Rashmi Kapoor, Saundaryavalli went on to clear departmental exams and is now employed as an accounts clerk. She is now in the second year of graduation, studying commerce.