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LEH: Every morning, Tsering Angmo leaves her two-year-old son with neighbours and commutes 20 km by a frozen panorama from her dwelling in Choglamsar, a settlement close to Leh, to work at Ladakh’s solely LPG bottling plant close to Leh.
Angmo is a part of a 12-member all-women crew ensuring that the 50,000 Indian troopers eyeballing the People’s Liberation Army in Arctic temperatures should not have to march on empty stomachs.
The plant, constructed by state-run IndianOil, is Ladakh’s solely supply of cooking gasoline and a lifeline as soon as snow snaps street connectivity with the remainder of the nation. About 40% of the refills produced on the plant go to the defence institution. It can also be the nation’s solely LPG unit to be operated by ladies.
The ladies work the manufacturing line, test high quality of seals and so forth and handle safety. All the crew members, besides safety officer Tsetan Angmo, are contract staff. Only loading, involving heavy lifting, is dealt with by 5 males.

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By the very nature of their engagement, some heroes — troopers, sportspersons, social staff — seize our consideration. The ladies at Ladakh LPG plant are performing an important process beneath troublesome circumstances. They could seem strange individuals, however they’re heroes too.

To these ladies, of their 20s and 40s, managing the plant and their households appear to come back naturally. “I have to start early as I have to get my son ready before leaving. I can’t afford to miss the bus to the plant where the shift starts at 9am. If I miss the bus, getting transport to the plant can be difficult,” says Tsering Angmo.
“The ease with which the ladies of our LPG plant deliver day in and day out, even in dead cold, exemplifies the power of women,” says Sujoy Choudhury, ED at IndianOil’s Punjab state workplace which is answerable for the plant.
The commute is longer for Rigzin Lado from Karu, 35 km from Leh. But she doesn’t thoughts. “Before joining I did not even know how to fix a regulator (to a cylinder). Now I feel responsible for each refill that goes out. It is our bit for the country and the army.”
Padma Tsogyal, additionally from Choglamsar, stated the workforce double-checks the refills head for defence institutions as a mark of respect. “My family also now truly appreciates the worth of LPG cylinders because they are aware of the hard work that goes into making them available.”
Security officer Angmo feels “women workers are more diligent and careful about safety”, which makes it “easier” to handle HSE (well being security and atmosphere) parameters.

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