The Indian Railways has announced that long-distance trains will soon have reserved berths for women in an effort to make Indian trains safer for women. The move is expected to improve the journey of female passengers on Indian Railways' long-distance trains.
While announcing the decision, Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw stated that Indian Railways has allotted special berths for women in long-distance trains as well as several other facilities to ensure comfort and safety.
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New Measures Indian Railways Introduced For Female Travelers
Along with changes in reserved berths for women in long-distance trains, the Indian Railways have implemented new measures to ensure safety and security. Now female passengers traveling on long-distance trains, according to Union Minister of Railways Ashwini Vaishnaw on Friday, can enjoy several benefits like-
- According to the ministry, six berths will be reserved in the sleeper class of long-distance Mail/Express trains, and a reservation quota of six berths in third-tier AC (3AC) coaches of Garib Rath/Rajdhani/Duronto/fully air-conditioned Express trains will be reserved for female passengers, regardless of age, travelling alone or in a group.
- Also, combined reservation quota of six to seven lower berths per coach in sleeper class, four to five lower berths per coach in 3AC and three to four lower berths per coach in 2AC coaches (depending on the number of coaches of that class in the train) have been earmarked for senior citizens, female passengers aged 45 years of and above and pregnant women. Read more about the ladies quota here.
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Bid To Ensure Women’s Safety In Indian Railways
The Railway Protection Force (RPF) has launched a pan-India initiative called 'Meri Saheli' on October 17, 2020, with the goal of providing enhanced safety and security to female train passengers from boarding to de-boarding. The initiative's main goal is to provide security to female passengers, particularly those travelling alone. In addition, the RPF is preparing teams of female officers and staff for the initiative.
In terms of safety and security measures for women passengers, the minister stated that the Railway Protection Force (RPF) will supplement the efforts of GRP/District Police to provide better protection and security for passengers. Although 'Police' and 'Public Order’ are state subjects under the Seventh Schedule of the Constitution of India, additional steps are being taken by the Railways in coordination with GRP for the safety and security of passengers in trains and at stations.
The minister also added that on vulnerable and identified routes/sections, trains are being escorted by RPF and GRPF (Government Railway Police Force) of different States, daily. Railway Help Line number 139 is operational 24x7 over the entire network of Indian Railways for security-related assistance to passengers in distress.
He added that the ministry will also address a passenger's concerns if raised through various social media platforms i.e. Twitter, Facebook etc.
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