Nirbhaya Fund Current Affairs

Government approves Rs 2,919 crore projects under Nirbhaya fund to create 8 safe cities

The Union Ministry of Women and Child Development has approved projects worth Rs 2,919 crore under Nirbhaya Fund for creating eight safe cities. They are Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Ahmedabad, Kolkata, Bengaluru, Hyderabad and Lucknow.

Key Facts

The projects for safe cities will have special focus on women safety in public spaces and quick response systems to create deterrence against crime. Plans for safe cities were prepared in coordination with municipal corporations and police commissionerates of these cities.

Delhi: Project worth Rs 663 crore was approved to enhance safety of public places like roads, schools and metro stations. It includes use of latest technology such as video monitoring, facial recognition analytics, and person tracking systems. It will also provide dedicated women safety patrol vans equipped with GPS tracking and on-board video feed sharing to the existing fleet of the Delhi Police.

Mumbai: Project worth Rs 252 crore was sanctioned to enable GIS mapping of criminal hotspots, video surveillance, training of investigating officers and quick response police teams. It will also strengthen Police Didi programme wherein female police officers interact with women living in slums.

Chennai: It will receive Rs 425 crore for project that will create safe-zone clusters at hot crime zones, security in public transport, GIS-based crime mapping, capacity building of police authorities as well as a helpdesk service for women. Moreover, cyber-crime and legal assistance compensation lab will also be set up.

Ahmedabad: Rs 253 crore was approved for ABHAYAM Vans for quick response to women in distress, ‘She Teams’ of women for surveillance and One Stop Crisis Centres. The project also envisages redevelopment of Sabarmati River Front to make it more womenfriendly.

Kolkata: It will get Rs 181.32 crore for various schemes, including for strengthening nine women police stations. Bengaluru: It will get Rs 667 crore for projects which will be utilised for setting up women police outposts and creation of safety islands.

Nirbhaya Fund

The fund is created by Ministry of Finance in 2013. It dedicated for implementation of initiatives aimed at enhancing the safety and security for women in the country. It is a non-lapsable corpus fund. It is being monitored by Empowered Committee of Officers under Secretary of Women and Child Development Ministry. It is an inter-ministerial committee appraises and recommends various projects (schemes) proposed by different ministries to be funded from Nirbhaya Fund. Between 2013 and 2017, the corpus of Nirbhaya Fund has grown to Rs 3,100 crore.

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Railways to install CCTV Surveillance System under Nirbhaya Fund

Indian Railways will install 19,000 high definition CCTV cameras at over 983 stations across the country under the Nirbhaya Fund at an approved cost of Rs 500 crore in order to ensure round-the-clock security to passengers including women. The cameras will be installed at platforms and waiting areas. The CCTV footages would be monitored by trained RPF personnel and the concerned station master will also be given access to the CCTV camera footage.

Indian Railways has about 8,000 stations. Of these only 344 stations have been installed with CCTV cameras so far. Apart from them, the Shaan-e-Punjab Express is fully covered with CCTV cameras. Some of the ladies compartments of Mumbai suburban service are also covered with CCTV cameras under a pilot project. Similarly, the Hamsafar Express and the upcoming Tejas service will also be equipped with CCTV cameras.

Nirbhaya Fund

Nirbhaya fund was announced with a corpus of Rs.1000 crore by the UPA government after the December 16, 2012 Delhi gang rape incident. Nirbhaya Fund was announced in 2013 Union Budget to support initiatives by the government and NGOs working towards protecting the dignity and ensuring safety of women in India. The Fund is administered by Department of Economic Affairs (DEA) of the finance ministry. Ministry of Women and Child Development is the nodal Ministry to appraise schemes under the Nirbhaya Fund. The ministry also reviews and monitors the progress of sanctioned Schemes in conjunction with other Ministries/Departments. From time to time, Department of Economic Affairs (DEA) issues guidelines for administration and operationalisation of the Fund.

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