OPERATION MERI SAHELI | UPSC

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OPERATION MERI SAHELI | UPSC

OPERATION MERI SAHELI | UPSC

      HEADLINES:

Indian Railways launches OPERATION MERI SAHELI

      WHY IN NEWS:

Operation gathering momentum across all Zones

MINISTRY? :- Ministry of Railways
SYLLABUS COVERED: GS 1 : 3 : Society : Issues related to women : Railways

      LEARNING: 

For PRELIMS go with the aim , focus and strategy of this initiative .

For MAINS to fetch more marks in MAINS just remember 182 tollfree number and this initiative . On a longer run this initiative will grow . Let us dive in !

      CONTEXT: 

OPERATION MERI SAHELI

  • The RPF recently launched ‘Meri Saheli’ initiative for the security of female passengers during the train journey.

AIM

  • Indian Railways has launched “Meri Saheli” initiative for focused action on security of women across all zones .

The objective is to provide safety and security to lady passengers travelling by trains for their entire journey from starting station to destination station.

FOCUS

  • Meri Saheli” initiative taken for focused action on security of women travelling in trains.

IMPLEMENTATION

  • An initiative of RPF, the Strategy of the entails interaction with lady passengers.

Especially those travelling alone by a team of young lady RPF personnel at the originating station.

  • These lady passengers are briefed about all precautions to be taken during the journey and told to dial 182 in case they face or see any problem in the coach.

STRATEGY

  • The RPF team collects only the seat numbers of the ladies and conveys them to stoppages en-route.
  • The platform duty RPF personnel at the stopping stations en-route keep unobtrusive watch over the concerned coaches and berths.
  • If need arises duty RPF personnels will interact with the lady passengers.

RPF/RPSF escort onboard also covers all the coaches/identified berths during its duty period.

  • RPF teams at the destination collect the feedback from the identified lady passengers.
  • The feedback is then analysed and corrective action, if any, is taken.

OPERATION MERI SAHELI | UPSC

AWARENESS CAMPAIGN

  • If some distress call comes from a train covered under “Meri Saheli” initiative, the disposal of the call is monitored at the level of senior officers.

They will also raise awareness about the use of the helpline No. 182 and security control in case of emergency.

  • Although it has been a while since the railways launched tollfree number 182 for women safety, many passengers are not aware of it.

PILOT PROJECT

  • The “Meri Saheli” initiative was started as a pilot project in South Eastern Railway in September 2020.
  • After getting encouraging response from lady passengers, it was extended to all zones and KRCL w.e.f. 17.10.2020.

The Hubballi division of South Western Railways has formed a women Railway Protection Force (RPF) team to ensure women passengers’ safety.

  • The team is will create awareness about safety measure in the railways.
  • Selected women RPF staff under Hubballi division will be engaged in the initiative.

SIGNIFICANCE

  • The special teams are concentrating on long route trains and single lady passengers.

If the team found any single lady passengers, they will approach the passenger and counsel them.

  • If the passenger found any problem in the coach they will inform the team.
  • This will create a secure feeling among the solo women passengers travelling in long routes.

      IASbhai WINDUP: 

The operation is gathering momentum.

     SOURCES: PIB | OPERATION MERI SAHELI 

 

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