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Proud moment for Mumtaz; she bags Nari Shakti Puraskar (video)

Mumtaz, Asia’s first woman diesel engine driver, gets Nari Shakti Puraskar from the President of India.

Mumtaz Kazi has been given Nari Shakti Puraskar by President of India Pranab Mukherjee. She is India’s first locomotive driver, according to a post by Abu Asim Azmi. Some reports have pointed out that she is Asia’s first woman diesel engine driver.

Her tryst with driving different types of trains started since she was 20 years old. Currently, she drives local trains through the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus-Thane section.

“Gender biases have no place in modern India where inclusive development is a key objective,” said President Mukherjee at the ceremony held at Rashtrapati Bhavan in Delhi.

45-year-old had applied for a Railways job in 1989. Her move had deeply upset her father Allarakhu Ismail Kathawala, who himself is a senior employee in the division. However, later on he allowed Mumtaz become a driver.

She is married to an electrical engineer Maqsood Kazi of Nandurbar. Mumtaz, who has two children, has won awards earlier too. Her name was featured in LIMCA Book of Records In 1995 as first lady diesel locomotive driver.

In 2015, she scooped the Railways General Manager Award. The award has been well received by the community.

“I draw my inspiration from my father and had an inclination to drive a train since I was young. I had applied for this job back in 1988 and joined Indian Railways in 1991,” Mumtaz told Mail Today.

Some 33 women have been shortlisted for this award.

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