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    Women’s Safety Scheme to Continue till 2025-26

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    Women’s Safety Scheme to Continue till 2025-26

    Out of the total project outlay of Rs.1179.72 crore, a total of Rs.885.49 crore will be provided by MHA from its own budget and Rs.294.23 crore will be funded from Nirbhaya Fund.

    The Union Government has approved the proposal of the Ministry of Home Affairs for the continuation of the implementation of the Umbrella Scheme on ‘Safety of Women’ at a total cost of around one 1,180 crore rupees during the period from 2021-22 to 2025-26. The decision was taken at a Union Cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday.

    Out of the total project outlay of Rs.1179.72 crore, a total of Rs.885.49 crore will be provided by MHA from its own budget and Rs.294.23 crore will be funded from Nirbhaya Fund.

    Addressing the media after the meeting, Information and Broadcasting Minister Anurag Singh Thakur said, under it, the 24-hour emergency helpline service 112 will be scaled up. He also informed that for scientific and timely investigation, six cyber forensic science laboratories are being set up at Pune, Chandigarh, Kolkata, Delhi, Kamrup, and  Bhopal.

    The Union Minister said, women’s help desks and 827 antihuman trafficking units have been set up at 13,557 police stations across the country so far and women’s help desks will also be established in the remaining 3,329  police stations. Besides, every year 5000 police personnel will be imparted training for effective investigation and prosecution to curb the crime against women and children.

    The government has proposed to continue six projects under the umbrella scheme for “Safety of Women”. Besides the 112 Emergency Response Support System (ERSS) 2.0, these include an upgradation of the Central Forensic Sciences laboratories, including setting up of National Forensic Data Centre; Strengthening of DNA Analysis, Cyber Forensic capacities in State Forensic Science Laboratories (FSLs); Cyber Crime Prevention against Women and Children; Capacity building and training of investigators and prosecutors in handling sexual assault cases against women and children; and the Women Help Desk and Anti-human Trafficking Units.

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    India ranks 148 out of 170 countries in the ‘Women, Peace and Security Index 2021.

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