01 May 2019 Current Affairs: According to recent media reports, not much progress
has been made in making cities safer for women even one year after the launch of the Safe City programme.
The reason mentioned was it highlights poor guidelines, improper utilization of funds
and focuses on general elections
as the main reasons for it.
About Safe City programme:
The main objective of the programme is to strengthen the safety and security of women in public places. It is being implemented by Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) in consultation with Ministry of Women and Child Development (MoW&CD), Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, Ministry of Information Technology (MeitY), respective Municipal & Police Commissioners of cities and civil society organizations.
The project has been approved at a total cost of Rs.194.44 crore
under the Nirbhaya Fund Scheme. The project was approved at a total cost of Rs.194.44, would be implemented as a Centrally Sponsored Scheme (CSS) with Centre and State sharing the funding in 60:40 ratio.
Initially, it was launched in 8 cities
, which include Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata, Lucknow, Chennai, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, and Ahmedabad. Lucknow was the first city in the country to clear the project
in In November 2018.
Major component of the Safe City Project:
- Setting Women Help Desks in all Police Stations with Counsellors Augmentation of existing Asha Jyoti Kendra
- Setting an Integrated Smart Control Room. Setting Pink Out-posts (exclusively administered by Women police) for facilitating ease of filing complaint by women
- Pink Patrols of Women police
- Implementing Safety measures in buses, including Cameras
- Improving Street Lighting in identified crime Hotspot areas
- Setting up Pink Toilets