As part of its attempt to ensure a diverse and inclusive workplace, Hindustan Zinc (HZL) has appointed Sandhya Rasakatla as the country’s first ever woman underground mine manager. YogeshwariRanehas been appointed as UG mine development manager.
Rasakatla took on the role as mine manager at HZL’s Zawarmala Mine, while Raneis taking on the role of head- planning & development for Kayad Mine. Both are also the first women in the Indian mining space to receive the ‘First Class Mines Manager’ certificate of competency in the ‘unrestricted’ category.
ArunMisra, CEO, Hindustan Zinc, saysthat this is “is an opportunity for us and the women mining engineers out there to bring about a societal change”. At HZL,women engineers have always been ensured a level playing field in mining operations. These two appointments are expected to be “an inspiration for all the young ladies who want to pursue mining engineering” and a “a stepping stone for young women who aspire to be leaders in the mining industry.”
Post the amendments in the Mines Act 1952 about two years ago, in 2019, the Government of India decided to exempt women employed in any mine, above or below ground, from the provisions of Section 46 of the Mines Act, 1952. Hindustan Zinc allowed women engineers to gain exposure and experience in the underground mine operations, so that they could take on higher responsibilities.