The Bengaluru Airport posted a video applauding their first-ever squad of woman firefighters on November 8. The airport announced that it has deployed 14 women firefighters into its aircraft rescue and firefighting squad. The Bangalore International Aiport Ltd saId that the appointment of a women firefighting squad marks a transformation in the Indian aviation sector, which has traditionally been male-dominated.
In a statement, BIAL said, "Recruited from across Karnataka, the women, who were inducted on February 19, are currently undergoing training at the Bengaluru airport. With the airport's second runway and second terminal set to become operational in 2019 and 2021 respectively, the recruitment of women will strengthen the airport's emergency preparedness,"
Presenting the story of the #DaughtersOfIndia. #BLRairport salutes the women who have created history by being part of Asia's first largest squad of Women Aviation Firefighters. @narendramodi @PMOIndia @MoCA_GoI @HardeepSPuri#BharatKiLakshmi #Aviation #FireFighters pic.twitter.com/KFk1rDVTze— BLR Airport (@BLRAirport) November 8, 2019
Recently, Harshini Kanhekar, the first woman firefighter in India became one of the latest to join the list of women being recognised and honoured under the ‘Bharat Ki Lakshmi’ campaign. Prime Minister Narendra Modi had, in his last Mann Ki Baat radio address urged the citizens to honour the extraordinary achievements of women in the society. The PM on September 29, during the 57th episode of 'Mann Ki Baat', announced the launch of ‘Bharat Ki Lakshmi’ campaign during Diwali.
Harshini Kanhekar rewrote the college’s and Country’s Fire Services history by becoming India’s First Woman Fire Engineer. #BharatKiLaxmi @narendramodi @PMOIndia @smritiirani @MinistryWCD pic.twitter.com/X3PKClP2Pa— MyGovIndia (@mygovindia) October 19, 2019
"Daughters are considered as Lakshmi in our culture. Can't we felicitate daughters in our villages and cities by holding public programmes? There are several daughters, daughters-in-law who are doing exceptional work ... some are teaching poor children, some are spreading awareness about health and sanitation. Many are serving as doctors, engineers ... as lawyers, they are helping in the delivery of justice. The society can identify such daughters and honour them across India,” he said in his September radio address.
Prime Minister Modi also asked netizens to promote the cause on social media using the hashtag #BharatKiLakshmi as he recalled the earlier success of his ‘selfie with daughter’ campaign. "Encouraging Bharat ki Lakshmi means strengthening the path to success of the country and its people," the leader said.