Govt to hire 5,500 ex-home guards for safer buses

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - Times City - TIMES NEWS NET­WORK

New Delhi: In a ma­jor step to­wards women safety, Delhi gov­ern­ment an­nounced that it will hire 5,500 for­mer home guards to make pub­lic trans­port buses safer. The home guards will be de­ployed in DTC and clus­ter buses as mar­shals. CM Arvind Ke­jri­wal made the an­nounce­ment after a meet­ing with home guards at his res­i­dence. Their de­ploy­ment will start from Di­wali and they are ex­pected to play an im­por­tant role in mak­ing women feel safe when the Delhi gov­ern­ment makes the buses free for women from Oc­to­ber 29.

Home min­is­ter Satyen­dar Jain stated that the re­cruit­ment and ap­point­ment of home guards will be com­pleted be­fore Di­wali. On Fri­day, a large num­ber of them ar­rived at the CM’s res­i­dence with their de­mands.

Ke­jri­wal ap­pealed to them on Twit­ter to pro­tect women in buses with all sin­cer­ity. “I hope you will work to pro­tect women, and you will take full re­spon­si­bil­ity for their safety in Delhi buses. If a woman is ha­rassed, it is your re­spon­si­bil­ity to stop the per­pe­tra­tors and hand them over to the po­lice,” Ke­jri­wal said.

Mar­shals have also been ap­pointed in clus­ter buses for the first time and along with the in­stal­la­tion of CCTV cam­eras and 2.1lakh street lights at iden­ti­fied dark spots, this is con­sid­ered a move to strengthen the mech­a­nism for women safety.

The DTC buses only have mar­shals in the evening shift at the mo­ment. It has been de­cided to de­ploy them in the morn­ing shift also.

Soon, the gov­ern­ment will seek ap­pli­ca­tion from mar­shals. First pri­or­ity will be given to home guards who have served for three years. Those who have served for two years will be sec­ond in line and all five thou­sand home guards are ex­pected to get the jobs. The for­mer home guards will only have to give the ex­pe­ri­ence and the age cer­tifi­cates.

Delhi BJP chief Manoj Ti­wari said that it was noth­ing but a pop­ulist an­nounce­ment made with­out the in­ten­tion to ful­fil the prom­ise.

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