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CM comes up with measures to give women their due

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, December 28, 2012
First Published: 01:10 IST(28/12/2012) | Last Updated: 01:12 IST(28/12/2012)

Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit on Thursday rued that Delhi had not been given full statehood and that control over land and police lay with the Centre.


Speaking at a national development council meeting, she also joined the prime minister in condemning all incidents of violence and sexual assault against women and said there was a dire need to ensure their safety and security.

"It is shameful that such incidents are still taking place in the city and other parts of the country," she said.

The chief minister said her government has requested Delhi Police to deploy more PCR vans and to widely publicise

police protocols and impart training to police personnel. She said Delhi Commission for Women will organise a Women Dignity March from Pragati Maidan to Rajghat on January 2.

The CM said the government had kept a plan outlay of Rs. 1,380 crore in 2012-13 exclusively for schemes for women.

She said Delhi will start a dedicated round-the-clock women in distress helpline 181 in her office within a couple of days. "We are also pitching for 33% women reservation in the police force.  On our request, the high court has decided to  commission five fast track courts at the earliest," she  said.

"A consistent social campaign to reach out to the society through FM channels, advertisements has also been launched," Dikshit added.

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