What is the issue ?
- The Empowered Committee of Officers under Nirbhaya Fund, under the Chairmanship of Secretary, Women and Child Development Ministry approved three proposals under the Nirbhaya Fund including setting up of 1023 Fast Track Special Courts.
Setting up of 1023 Fast Track Special Courts
- The Committee approved the proposal of the Department of Justice under Ministry of Law and Justice to set up 1023 Fast Track Special Courts (FTSCs) to dispose off pending cases of rape and POCSO Act across the country.
- The project was approved with a total financial outlay of Rs 767.25 crores.
- In the First phase, 777 FTSCs will be set up in 9 states and in the second phase, 246 FTSCs will be set up.
Procurement of forensic kits for sexual assault cases
- The Committee approved the proposal of Union Ministry of Home Affairs for procurement of forensic kits for sexual assault cases to kick start usage of such kits in States.
- These kits will be used through Training of Trainers (TOTs), capacity building or training for forensics in sexual assault cases and strengthening of State Forensic Science Laboratory (FSLs).
- The proposal was approved with a total financial implication of Rs 107.19 crore.
Setting up video surveillance system at 50 Railway Stations
- The Committee approved the proposal from Konkan Railway Corporation Limited for setting up video surveillance system at 50 Railway Stations with a total Project cost of Rs 17.64 crore.
- The funding will be utilised for surveillance hardware and accessories, local connectivity equipment and power supply devices.
In-principle approval for state wise vehicle tracking platform
- Apart from these three proposals, the committee gave in-principle approval to the proposal of the Union Ministry of Road Transport and highways for C-DAC for customisation, deployment and management of state wise vehicle tracking platform for safety and enforcement.
About Nirbhaya Fund :
- The Nirbhaya Fund was announced in 2013 Union Budget by the government with a corpus of Rs 1000 crore. This fund was created to support the initiatives taken by the government and NGOs working towards protecting the dignity and ensuring the safety of women in India.
- The government, in April 2015, made the Women and Child Development Ministry (WCD) as the Nodal Agency for the Nirbhaya Fund replacing the Home Ministry.
- To approve the funds under Nirbhaya fund, a committee was constituted which comprised officials from various ministries, including women and child development, home affairs, road transport and railways.
- Between 2013 and 2017, the corpus of Nirbhaya Fund grew to Rs 3100 crore.