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Geetashree ‘the cop’

Ranchi, May 24: Geetashree Oraon seems to have inspired a bunch of girls, all between 18 and 25 years, to pursue a career in security services.

For as many as 60 rural girls, who completed their training as security guards under a central government’s skill development initiative in Ranchi today, Oraon is the “best woman cop” of Jharkhand, and not the state HRD minister.

The girls mentioned Oraon’s name when deputy inspector-general of Jharkhand Armed Police, Suman Gupta, asked them about their idols.

Gupta was at a training centre at Hehal in Ranchi to inspect the passing out parade of the girls, who completed their one-month training today.

Interacting with the girls, the JAP DIG asked them who they drew their inspiration from to join the security services. The girls named former IPS officer Kiran Bedi. When Gupta asked them to name someone from the state, the girls said “Geetashree Oraon” in chorus.

A 1997 batch IPS officer, Gupta laughed at their innocence and ignorance.

Secretary of Bhootpurva Sainik Kalyan Sangh, the organisation responsible for imparting training to the girls, Anirudha Singh immediately jumped in to help the girls.

“She is Suman Gupta. From today, you remember her name. She is Kiran Bedi of Jharkhand,” Singh, a retired IAF officer, told the girls.

Earlier, Gupta motivated the girls to join security forces, including state police, CRPF and CISF, and promised them all possible help. “Nowadays, girls are ahead of boys almost in every walk of life,” she said.

This is the second batch of girls, who were given training free of cost under the skill development programme launched by the UPA government in August last year.

During the programme that began on April 24, the poor girls were taught how to handle biometric cards, metal detectors and fire fighting devices.

Apart from march past and drills, they were also given tips on traffic management. They will also be guided to find jobs in different government and private organisations.

Under the initiative, girls were selected from BPL families in rural belts of the state.

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