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Sunday, 8 November 2015

Now, an iron mesh to separate men from women on RTC buses

The State Government, in order to prevent men from occupying seats reserved for women in APSRTC buses, now plans to set up an iron mesh separating the two seating enclosures.

In addition to this, efforts are on to make GIS installation mandatory in autos, cabs and transport vehicles.
APSRTC operates over 12,000 buses across the State, of which 1,300 are operated in the city such as Vijayawada and Visakhapatnam. This apart, 6,000 Telugu Velugu and 2,150 Express are operated in rural areas. There are complaints about men occupying seats reserved for women in buses, especially in city, Telugu Velugu and Express buses. To address the issue, the government is establishing iron mesh in buses.

These issues were discussed during a review meeting on women safety and physically challenged welfare by Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu here on Thursday. He instructed the authorities to accord a top priority to women safety and welfare of the differently abled.

Emphasis should be laid on ensuring on ensuring the safety of women working in night shifts and directed the Police and IT departments to work in coordination. He wanted the authorities to focus on women trafficking, implementing POCSO Act, Nirbhaya Act.

For the convenience of physically challenged persons, a study centre would be established shortly in Vijayawada, besides setting up old age homes in every revenue divisions for senior citizens and physically challenged.

As a pilot project, four such homes should be established immediately at Visakhapatnam, Amaravati, Tirupati and Kurnool.

This apart, requisitions were sent to Centre for setting up an exclusive sports centre for physically challenged at Visakhapatnam, sensory park in Kurnool, Regional centre of National Institute for Disabled at Nellore, Braille printing press and Composite Regional Centre of National Institute for Hearing Impaired at Guntur district.

Efforts on to make GIS mandatory in autos, cabs and transport vehicles

Source : The Hindu , 6th Nov 2015

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