Special treat for broom brigade

THEIR DAY: Mayor Chandrashekhar Agarwal (in bundi) and municipal comissioner Rajiv Ranjan (wearing glasses) share a light moment with civic workers at the lunch in Dhanbad on Thursday. Picture by Gautam Dey

Dhanbad: Hotel Skylark hosted a special programme to felicitate 230 women sanitation workers of Dhanbad Municipal Corporation on International Women's Day.

The event, part of the hotel's annual exercise to felicitate women on March 8, saw the female cleaning staff being treated to banarasi kachauri, naan, aloo dum, vegetable do pyaza, dal makhni, matar paneer, chicken, sweets, salad and ice cream at the AC banquet hall of the hotel.

Principal district and sessions judge of Dhanbad Ranjit Kumar Chaudhary, Mayor Chandrashekhar Agarwal, municipal commissioner Rajiv Ranjan, executive director of Hotel Skylark U.S. Chandra and general manager Anutosh Bagchi were at the event that began at 1.15pm with a welcome speech by hotel staff, Madhumati Mairth.

"It's a golden day for Dhanbad Municipal Corporation whose women workers are being felicitated for keeping the city clean," the mayor said.

Agarwal told this paper later that such a function hosted by a profit-making entity like a hotel was rare.

Kunti Hadi (30), a women sweeper, wore a look of awe as shed entered the hotel for the first time. "I cross this hotel everyday while commuting to work. Having lunch here with such big names is beyond my wildest dreams."

General manager of Hotel Skylark Bagchi, credited with the idea of honouring the women sweepers, said, "In our country women who symbolise empowerment belong to politics, social services, corporate world, sports, entertainment, literature, art and culture. We hardly recognise women associated with menial jobs. We decided to show the way."

Steel city celebrates

Jamshedpur traffic police held an awareness drive for women two-wheeler riders near Baug-E-Jamsheed roundabout on Thursday. East Singhbhum district honoured women SHG members at Birsa Munda Town Hall who played a vital role in building toilets in rural areas. Jaiswal Mahila Manch held a meet on girl child education at Chamber Bhavan.


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