Jamshedpur : Legendary mountaineer Bachendri Pal, the first Indian woman to scale the Mt Everest, has received a three-year extension from Tata Steel. Bachendri, whose five- year extension ended on May 31 will continue to lead adventure programmes of the company.
According to information, she has been given the freedom to operate from Jamshedpur or Dehradun in her home state Uttarakhand.“ She is a legend and despite several years of hard work she is still fit and raring to go. Even the company was keen to continue to work along with her,” said an official.
Sources at Tata Steel Adventure Foundation (TSAF) revealed that Tata Steel was keen to continue with the services of Bachendri as she took TSAF to new heights under her aegis. She went to various places around the world to gain new knowledge and experience, like New Zealand, France, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, UK and USA.
Bachendri joined Tata Steel in 1983 and retired as chief of Tata Steel adventure programmes on May 31, 2014. She received an extension for five more years and continued to work in the same capacity.
Born on 24 May 1954 in a village in the Himalayas named Nakuri in Uttarkashi, District of Garhwal, what is now Uttarakhand, a state in the northern part of India, Pal was one of seven children to Hansa Devi and Shri Kishan Singh Pal.
When Pal joined Tata Steel, her department was known as Welfare and Sports Department. When Ms Pal returned to Jamshedpur after her Everest expedition, she was given a grand reception at Rabindra Bhawan. There, the chairman and managing director of Tata Steel Russi Mody announced that a full fledged department will be created and Pal will be empowered as a manager. This department was named as Tata Youth Adventure Centre. Later on this same department was renamed as Tata Steel Adventure Foundation at the behest of Russi Mody.