Indian Railways has introduced a new initiative focused on promoting women safety during the high-footfall festive season. Officials have also been directed to enforce and adhere to Covid-19 safety protocols and guidelines during the peak season and launch awareness campaigns for passengers regarding the same.
“Railway stations and trains will witness a manifold increase in footfall during the upcoming festive season. To face the challenges posed by increased footfall effectively, especially during the pandemic wherein COVID protocol also needs to be rigorously enforced,” said the Ministry of Railways in a statement.
It said the field formations were asked to launch an intensive awareness campaign among the travelling passengers regarding the guidelines issued by railway administration to prevent the spread of coronavirus in railway stations and trains. They were also asked to strictly enforce the COVID protocol, it added.
A focused initiative across all zones for the safety and security of women passengers was launched as the footfall in stations and trains is slated to increase during the festival season.
A new initiative “Meri Saheli” was launched to provide better safety and security to lady passengers travelling by trains. The railway ministry said the initiative “is aimed at instilling a sense of security among the lady passengers and respond effectively to any security-related issue faced or seen by lady passengers”.
“It was felt that offenders involved in human trafficking may try to indulge in the trafficking of women and children taking advantage of the festive season rush as they are most vulnerable to this crime. Action plan to curb the menace of human trafficking during the upcoming festive season was discussed. It was decided that a sustained and concerted drive will be launched to identify and apprehend the traffickers,” the ministry said.
Field formations have been directed to continue their drive against touts cornering reserved railway tickets and selling it to needy passengers at a premium.