Scheme was implemented in 2016-17 under Nirbhaya Fund
New Delhi, Dec. 10 (Delhi Crown): The Centre Government’s Mahila Police Volunteers (MPVs) was implemented in the financial year 2016-2017 under the Nirbhaya Fund in a bid to engage lady volunteers to help women in distress.
The Scheme has been successfully operationalized by as many as seven states/ UTs, namely Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Andhra Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Gujarat, Haryana, Mizoram and Tripura.
However, it is yet to be implemented in Delhi where the infamous Nirbhaya gang rape case took place in December 2012 inside a moving bus. The Delhi Police is responsible for ensuring law and order in the state and directly reports to the Lieutenant-Governor, who is a Centre Government’s representative.
This month will complete nine years of the heinous crime that shook the nation and attracted international headlines for days together highlighting safety of women.
The Government has not laid down any deadline for implementation of the scheme in all States / UTs.
In a written reply in Lok Sabha, Minister of Women and Child Development Smriti Zubin Irani said today that the Ministry of Women and Child Development in collaboration with the Ministry of Home Affairs implemented the Mahila Police Volunteers (MPVs) scheme in the States/ UTs. These MPVs act as a link between the police and the community and help women in distress.
“All Chief Secretaries of States/ UTs were requested to adopt this initiative in their respective states. Haryana was the first state to adopt the initiative at Karnal and Mahendragarh district on a pilot basis under Nirbhaya Fund during the financial year 2016-2017,” said Smriti in her reply.
Further, based on the proposals received from states/ UTs, the Scheme has been approved for 13 States / UTs, out of which it has been operationalized by 7 states.