In a bid to give a boost to the women safety and security measures in Mumbai, the Maharashtra Government has given approval for disbursement of Rs115.37 crore for technology, capacity building, awareness and outreach under Mumbai City Women's Security Initiative Scheme (Nirbhaya).
𝗖𝗲𝗻𝘁𝗿𝗲 𝗵𝗮𝗱 𝗮𝗽𝗽𝗿𝗼𝘃𝗲𝗱 𝗥𝘀 𝟮𝟱𝟮 𝗰𝗿𝗼𝗿𝗲 𝗰𝗼𝗻𝘁𝗿𝗶𝗯𝘂𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝗶𝗻 𝟲𝟬:𝟰𝟬 𝗿𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼 𝘄𝗶𝘁𝗵 𝘀𝘁𝗮𝘁𝗲
According to the State Government, the implementation of said Central and State Government joint initiative was given approval in January 2019. Under the scheme, the Central Government had approved Rs252 crore and the contribution of the Central and State Government was in a 60:40 ratio.
A high power committee was formed in January this year to ensure the successful implementation of the initiative. Tenth meeting of the committee took place in November last year. In the meeting, it was proposed to make Rs115.37 crore funds available for the Nirbhaya scheme.
𝗙𝘂𝗻𝗱𝘀 𝘁𝗼 𝗯𝗲 𝘂𝘁𝗶𝗹𝗶𝘀𝗲𝗱 𝘁𝗼 𝘀𝘁𝗿𝗲𝗻𝗴𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗻 𝗡𝗶𝗿𝗯𝗵𝗮𝘆𝗮 𝗰𝗲𝗹𝗹
The funds would be utilised for purchase of mobile data terminals, forensic and fingerprint investigation tools, digital evidence collection system, forensic evidence collection system, emergency response vehicle system, Nirbhaya discreet patrolling squad, social media analytics lab and crime analytic cell.
The funds will also be spend for IT equipment, Nirbhaya Sahayata Kaksha Cell, photography and video equipment, mobile forensic units, digital billboards, awareness, social survey, Nirbhaya feedback call Center, Nirbhaya mobile victim support unit, Nirbhaya counselling center, Nirbhaya Centre for Assistance and Counselling for Women (CAW) and Integrated Grievances Redressal Management System (IGRMS).
𝗡𝗶𝗿𝗯𝗵𝗮𝘆𝗮 𝘃𝗲𝗵𝗶𝗰𝗹𝗲𝘀 𝘀𝗾𝘂𝗮𝗱 𝗮𝗰𝘁𝗶𝘃𝗲 𝗳𝗿𝗼𝗺 𝗹𝗮𝘀𝘁 𝘆𝗲𝗮𝗿
Last year, the committee had proposed sanctioning Rs38.65 crore for surveillance components under the Mumbai CCTV Surveillance Project and Rs8 crore for the sensitisation training and capacity building under the Nirbhaya initiative. The training will be imparted at the Maharashtra Police Academy in Nashik and Rs31.87 crore for purchase of public address system, emergency vehicle response system and IT equipment under the said initiative.
In January last year, then Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray and Home Minister Dilip Walse Patil had launched 91 Nirbhaya squads in Mumbai under the Mumbai Police to check incidents of eve-teasing and harassment of women in the city. These squads consist of specially trained female and male officers and they will be stationed across Mumbai 24x7. On January 26, Mumbai police had inaugurated 145 Nirbhaya Squad vehicles as well.
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