The Uttar Pradesh government has come up with a proposal to launch pink air-conditioned buses exclusively for women. Pink buses will have women conductor, panic buttons for emergency and CCTV camera.
Funds have been sanctioned for 50 buses by union government’s Ministry of Women and Child Development from its ‘Nirbhaya Fund’.
This step by the state government will also create employment for women.
On July 21, the Uttar Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation (UPSRTC) authorities made a presentation for these buses for ministry officials. The ministry permitted the state government to buy buses and also asked them to put CCTV cameras in the other buses owned by the UPSRTC.
The Government of India announced the Rs 1000 crore Nirbhaya Fund in 2013. These funds supported gender sensitisation and also ensured safety of women by installing CCTV cameras at various places including railways stations. “Nirbhaya Fund” came after the 2012 gangrape case.
This step is taken by the UP government to empower women and to curb the crime against women at various places.