Kohima, October 30 (NEx): Indian Railways launched “Meri Saheli” initiative for focused action on security of women across all zones with an objective to provide safety and security to lady passengers travelling by train for their entire journey from the starting station to destination station.
The “Meri Saheli” initiative of RPF, was started as a pilot project in South Eastern Railway on September 2020 and after getting encouraging response from lady passengers, it was extended to all zones and KRCL with effect from October 17, 2020. The operation is gathering momentum.
The Strategy of the operation is to have entailed interaction with lady passengers especially those travelling alone by a team of young lady RPF personnel at the originating station. These lady passengers are briefed about all precautions to be taken during the journey and to dial 182 in case they face or see any problem in the coach.
The RPF team collects only the seat numbers of the ladies and conveys them to stoppages en-route. The platform duty RPF personnel at the stopping stations en-route keep unobtrusive watch over the concerned coaches and berths and if need arises, interact with the lady passengers. RPF/RPSF escort onboard also covers all the coaches/identified berths during its duty period.
RPF teams at the destination collect the feedback from the identified lady passenger. The feedback is then analysed and corrective action, if any, is taken. If some distress call comes from a train covered under “Meri Saheli” initiative, the disposal of the call is monitored at the level of senior officers.