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