Four new women’s police stations are coming up in the city to further curb crime against women. This the third phase of setting up women’s police stations with thirty such station already functional in the State.
The West Bengal Chief Minister had targeted to set up 65 such police stations across the State. The government has approved the establishment of 330 posts under various categories for the new police stations. A woman police officer will head each of these police stations and majority of the other ranks will constitute of women also.
In the first phase 20 women police stations were set up at Howrah, Barasat, Baruipur, Asansol, Jhargram, Contai, Chinsurah, Krishnanagar, Siliguri and Jalpaiguri Sadar, sub-divisional headquarters of Burdwan Sadar, Medinipur Sadar, Purulia Sadar, Bankura Sadar, Darjeeling Sadar, Sreerampore (Hooghly), Suri (Birbhum), English Bazar (Malda), Diamond Harbour (South 24-Parganas) and Barrackpore (North 24-Parganas).
In the second phase, 10 new stations have opened at Bidhannagar and Durgapur Commissionerate, Cooch Behar, Balurghat, Raiganj, Berhampore, Kharagpur, Haldia, Uluberia and Arambag.
Around 330 posts have been approved for the new police stations and these have been strengthened with one inspector, eight sub-inspectors, eight assistant sub-inspectors and 30 constables.
Initiating a discussion on the working of the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment in the Rajya Sabha today, Leader of the party in the House, Derek O’Brien cited several instances where Bengal has achieved milestones in social justice and empowerment. Derek urged the government to move away from the mentality of distributing scholarships and opening hostels and urged them to double the budget of the ministry.
Slamming the government for not utilising even a penny of the budget for the liberation of the manual scavengers, Derek cited the example of Nadia becoming the No. 1 district in India in the construction of toilets. He also highlighted that West Bengal has constituted a Transgender Development Board.
Derek called for a grey revolution for the welfare of senior citizens. He asked the government to take a fresh look at the National Policy for Senior Citizens, 2011 and bring a Bill aimed at their welfare.
Regarding the development of scheduled castes, Derek highlighted the Sikkhashree scheme by West Bengal government wherein SC students receive scholarships for studies. He also took pride in the fact that 56% of the land pattas distributed by West Bengal government went to scheduled castes.
Derek O’Brien also included minorities and women in the scope of today’s discussion for empowerment and social justice. He highlighted that Trinamool Congress has 36% women MPs in Lok Sabha even when there is a debate going on over 33% reservation. He announced in the Rajya Sabha that 46% councillors in Kolkata Municipal Corporation are women.
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After the grand success of the Kanyashree Prakalpa, the WB Government has moved another step forward in empowering women. To make women self-reliant, the state government has come up with a very innovative plan.
West Bengal Government has tied up with leading cosmetic and beauty care firms – Shahnaz Hussain and Sharmila Singh Flora – for imparting vocational training in beautician courses to girls across villages of the State. The training is free and a certificate will be provided at the end of the course.
Currently, the training is being imparted to secondary-pass girls belonging to Other Backward Classes, in the age group of 18-35. Applications can be submitted online.
At the moment there are 65 training centres in 14 villages. The target is to set up such training centres in all 40,000 villages of West Bengal. It is a three month course, with 4 hours training for 4 days in a week.
Once the training is over, the State Government will provide loan to the girls to set up their own shops, if they so desire. They can either do it individually or in a group.