In a first, Indian Railways has been allocated a share of the Nirbhaya Fund for implementing an ongoing scheme to install CCTV surveillance systems at railway stations and Ladies Special trains and women compartments in suburban trains. In the last 8 years since the launch of the plan, these systems have been mounted at just 344 of the total of 7,500 railway stations across the country.
- With Rs 500 crore (approx US$ 77.8 Million) having now been sanctioned for release from the Nirbhaya corpus, targets to fix these cameras at 983 additional stations have been set for the current fiscal.
- The Nirbhaya Fund supports the government and the non-government sector initiatives to uphold the dignity and ensure security of women.
- Among ongoing schemes on women security, an app called R-MITRA (Railway Mobile Instant Tracking Response and Assistance) has been in operation in the Kolkata-based Eastern Railways.
- The app – connected through GPS (Global Positioning System) and GPRS (General Packet Radio Service) systems – provides instant alerts to the strategic cell of RPF (Railway Protection Force), when women in distress push the alert button on their mobiles. In the last 2 years, the app has been downloaded 20,000 times.
- An official said, developed by a company called the Technofaction Software Private Limited, the app – which can work in both the online & offline modes – will get extended to other railway zones.
- An official informed,“A pilot project is currently being carried out in the Mumbai suburban.”
- An all-India helpline number (182) has also been available.
- An official said,“During the last year, 8,500 calls were made and 92% of the cases have been satisfactorily resolved.”
- An official said,“We are also working at providing RPF women escorts on majority of ladies compartments or trains running on suburban routes.”