Mumbai, March 5, 2021: The coronavirus pandemic has posed unprecedented problems. Despite the challenges of daily life in the metropolis of Mumbai, police personnel continue to work as Corona Warriors tirelessly and selflessly. In a novel way to celebrate International Women’s Day on March 8, India Exim Bank felicitated Mumbai’s policewomen in two events by gifting them organic honey under its initiative ‘Protect the Protectors.’
Ayurveda, the eternal science of health, regards honey as ‘amrita’ or healing nectar. Modern research has also shown honey to be possessing unique nutritional and medicinal properties. Hence, with the intention of contributing to their wellness, India Exim Bank gifted honey to nearly 900 policewomen.
For the first event on March 3, 2021, the Bank coordinated with the Office of Additional Commissioner of Police, North Region, and the bottles of honey were handed over to policewomen in the presence of Dilip Sawant (IPS), ACP, North Zone. The second event was held on March 5, 2021, at the Office of Additional Commissioner of Police, West Region, where Harsha Bangari, Deputy Managing Director, India Exim Bank, met the policewomen in the presence of Sandip Karnik (IPS), ACP, West Zone.
The honey was procured from Under The Mango Tree Pvt. Ltd. (UTMT), a social enterprise that is supported by the Bank under its grassroots initiatives for development. UTMT focuses on poverty reduction through training small farmers (many amongst whom are women) in tribal communities in beekeeping with indigenous bees and markets organic honey.
During the pandemic, India Exim Bank took several initiatives to support social organisations to provide relief to health and sanitation workers in Maharashtra.