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Government Approves Rs 2,919 Crore to Nirbhaya Fund

Union Ministry of Women and Child Development approved projects worth Rs 2,919 crore under the Nirbhaya fund  to develop eight safe cities for women.

The Eight Cities are:

  • Delhi
  • Mumbai
  • Chennai
  • Ahmedabad
  • Kolkata
  • Bengaluru
  • Hyderabad
  • Lucknow

Focus

The main focus of the project will be on creating safe cities for women by co-coordinating with municipal corporation and police commissioners. The emphasis will be on protecting and making women safe at public places and this is to be done by developing a quick responsive system to combat the crime rate.

Measures to be Taken

  • Highly advanced security system for public places
  • Use of technologies like video conferencing, location tracking, facial recognitiong, GPS mapping and criminal hotspots
  • Dedicated women safety patrol vans
  • Helpdesks for women

Project Worth for the Cities

  • Delhi: Rs 663 crore has been approved to enhance safety of public places like roads, schools and metro stations. 
  •  Mumbai: Rs 252 crore has been sanctioned to enable GIS mapping of criminal hotspots, video surveillance, training of investigating officers and quick response police teams. Strengthening “Police Didi” programme wherein female police officers interact with women living in slums.
  • Chennai: The city will receive Rs 425 crore for the creation of safe-zone clusters at hot crime zones, GIS-based crime mapping, security in public transport, capacity building of police authorities as well as a helpdesk service for women.
  • Ahmedabad: This city will get a corpus of Rs. 253 crore for ABHAYAM Vans for quick response to women in distress, One Stop Crisis Centres and ‘She Teams’ of women for surveillance. The project also envisages redevelopment of the Sabarmati River Front to make it more women-friendly.
  • Kolkata:  Rs 181.32 crore will be given for various schemes, including for strengthening nine women police stations. 
  • Bengaluru:  Prrojects Rs 667 crore has been approved for utilising for setting up women police outposts and creation of safety islands.

What is Nirbhaya Fund?

  • Nirbhaya Fund was created by Ministry of Finance in 2013 for the implementation of initiatives aimed at strengthening the safety and security of women in the country. It is a non-lapsable corpus fund, monitored by Empowered Committee of Officers under Secretary of Women and Child Development Ministry.  
  • Between 2013 and 2017, the corpus of Nirbhaya Fund has grown to Rs 3,100 crore. Another Rs 500 crore has been set aside for it for 2018-19. The empowered committee of officers also approved user trial of the panic button feature on mobile phones in Uttar Pradesh.

Expected Questions

Which of the following funds was initiated to make 8 Indian cities safe for women?
a. Nirbhaya Fund
b. Nari Shakti Fund
c. Saksham Fund
d. Gudiya Fund

Which of the following ministries launched Nirbhaya Fund in 2013?
a. Ministry of Women and Child Development
b. Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment
c. Ministry of Finance
d. Ministry of Planning

How many cities are opted to make safe for women with Nirbhaya Fund?
a. 5
b. 9
c. 7
d. 8

Which of the following is not one of the eight cities to be made safe for women with Nirbhaya Fund?
a. Delhi
b. Hyderabad
c. Mumbai
d. Lucknow
Government Approves Rs 2,919 Crore to Nirbhaya Fund Government Approves Rs 2,919 Crore to Nirbhaya Fund Reviewed by insiya yadav on March 06, 2018 Rating: 5

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