Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Wings to Lady Officer’s Dreams: Squadron Leader Jyothi at Desert Rally

BY THE time you read this piece, Squadron Leader Jyothi Yerolkar of Indian Air Force would make history by becoming the first lady officer from the armed forces ever to take on the grueling “Desert Storm-2011 Car Rally” that begins from Ahmedabad on Tuesday, February 22. “There was no special favour done to you,” Air Officer-in-charge Administration, Air Marshal JN Burma told Sqn Ldr Jyothi commending her endeavours while flagging-off the team from Delhi on Friday, according to a defence ministry release. A commendable feat indeed!
But what is interesting is the press release itself. And officers in other ministries too can experiment this style in narrating some offbeat stories in less sarkari, more journalistic fashion. Here are excerpts of the release:
“Growing up watching Indian Air Force (IAF) trainer jets fly over her native town of Bidar in Karnataka, Jyothi Yerolkar always wanted to join the Air Force as a pilot. She also dreamt of living a life full of adventure.
Jyothi went on to become a doctor instead, got married and had two children. After completing Masters in Medicine, specialising in Gynaecology from USA in 1999, and a hiatus of seven years from the profession bringing up her children, Jyothi returned to India in 2006. Not many believed she ever stood a chance to realize her dreams under the changed circumstances.
Upon her return, the unthinkable was about to happen. Jyothi’s dreams were soon to turn into reality, courtesy, the Indian Air Force. Without giving even a second thought about administering their 200-bed, family-run, super-specialty hospital in Bidar, Dr Jyothi wasted no time in applying for the IAF who were seeking doctors to join the service, even if it was, on a short service commitment.
Dr Jyothi joined the IAF as a doctor in 2007 in the rank of Flight Lieutenant. Within a year she was promoted to the rank of Squadron Leader on the basis of her MD qualification and has served well in Air Force Hospitals at Yelahanka, Kanpur and Air Force Academy, Dundigal…” A very well-written release prepared by Wg Cdr TK Singha, IAF PRO!

IAS association seeks public support for RV Krishna’s release
Orissa IAS officers Association has urged the state government, civil societies and public to take all possible steps for release of 2005 batch young officer. A four-member delegation led by association secretary UP Singh recently met state chief secretary BK Patanik and home secretary UN Behera in this regard. Many other organizations have also voiced concerns over the abduction of Malkangiri district collector RV Krishna by Maoists.

Indian Forest Service results announced 
The UPSC has announced the result of the Indian Forest Service Examination held in July 2010. The list in order of merit contains names of 85 candidates. Log onto www.jobcorridor.com to check the results.
Merit list of 85 candidates

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