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On November 1, 2018, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has approved a Safe City project for Lucknow at a total cost of Rs.194.44 crore.

  • Theproject would be implemented as a Centrally Sponsored Scheme with Centre and State sharing the funding in 60:40 ratio, under the Nirbhaya Fund Scheme.
  • This is a part of MHA’s plans to implement Safe City projects in 8selected cities, under Nirbhaya Fund. These cities are:
    Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata, Chennai, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad and Lucknow.
  • The projects are to be implemented in consultation with Ministry of Women and Child Development, Ministry of  Urban Development, Ministry of Electronic and  Information Technology, respective Municipal & Police Commissioners of the cities and civil society organizations.
  • For Lucknow, The Safe city proposal will be implemented by Uttar Pradesh Police.

About The Safe City Project:

Features of the project include the following:

  • Setting up an Integrated Smart Control Room;
  • Setting up Pink Out-posts (exclusively administered by Women police) for facilitating ease of filing complaint by women;
  • Pink Patrols of Women police;
  • Setting up Women Help Desks in all Police Stations with Counsellors;
  • Augmentation of existing Asha Jyoti Kendra;
  • Implementing Safety measures in buses, including Cameras;
  • Improving Street Lighting in identified Hot Spot areas;
  • Setting up Pink Toilets;
  • Integration of Women power-help line with single Emergency number ‘112’
  • Gender sensitization awareness campaigns.

Nirbhaya Fund

The fund is created by the Ministry of Finance in 2013, dedicated for implementation of initiatives aimed at enhancing the safety and security for women in the country. It is a non-lapsable corpus fund.

Who will monitor the Fund?

  • An Empowered Committee of Officers under the Secretary of Women and Child Development Ministry was setup in 2016 to monitor the fund.
  • It is an inter-ministerial committee appraises and recommends various projects proposed by different Ministries to be funded from the Nirbhaya Fund.

Schemes under Nirbhaya Fund

  • One Stop Centre Scheme, also known as “Sakhi Centres” aims at establishing centres to facilitate women affected by violence. It provides First aid, Medical aid, Police assistance, Legal aid and counselling support.
  • Mahila Police Volunteers (MPVs)will act as a link between police and community and help women in distress. Haryana has become the first state to start the Mahila Police Volunteer scheme.
  • Universalisation of Women Helpline– Helpline specifically for women with a common number across the country will link the One Stop Centres. 
  • Abhaya Project– It is the proposed project in Andhra Pradesh for ensuring the safety of Women and Girl child during the transport.
  • CHIRALI (Friends Forever)- This scheme is implemented in the state of Rajasthan. Under the scheme, Community Action Groups are constituted under Gram Panchayats to provide enabling environment to support girls and women to move freely and make use of opportunities for their well being.

Uttar Pradesh:

♦ Chief Minister: Yogi Adityanath.

♦ Governor: Ram Naik.

♦ National Parks: Dudhwa National Park, Philibit Tiger Reserve , Sandi Bird Sanctuary.

♦ Uttar Pradesh has 23 wildlife sanctuaries across 27 districts covering over 5,000 sq km.

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