PTI reported that Tata Steel’s Ore, Mines & Quarry Division’s Noamundi Iron Ore Mine in Jharkhand is set to witness an all-women team taking up drilling, dumper, and shovel operations in all shifts from early next year. Women officers and operators have already been inducted in the Noamundi Iron Mine and it will be the first time in the country that a 30-member team, exclusively comprising women from the rank of officers to operators, will be engaged independently in all the shiftsAs part of the new initiative, “Women at Mines” at the mine in West Singhbhum district, the first batch of 22 operators of heavy earthmoving machinery will start working independently in all the shifts. After this this initiative has also been taken in West Bokaro division.In 2019, the Center allowed women to work in underground and open mines during the day and night with riders. The Union Labor Ministry had said that before giving employment to women, their written permission is necessary and they have to be posted in groups of at least three in a shift. If women are posted in an underground mine, the authority can do so only in technical, supervisory and managerial work” between 6 AM and 7 PM.The objective behind the initiative, termed 'Tejaswini 2.0, is to enhance gender diversity in the workplace, particularly in a difficult sector like mining. The programme has been designed to provide technical training to unskilled women workers and enable them to work in core jobs at mines. Tata Steel has set a target of recruiting 20% women employees of the total workforce by 2025.Tata Steel started mining at Noamundi in 1925. Noamundi Iron Mine will be completing 100 years of mining in 2025. The current production of Noamundi Iron Mine is about 9 million tonnes per annum.