Union Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnav on Friday said that the Indian Railways has introduced several facilities, including special berths, to ensure comfortable travel of women passengers in long distance trains.
Indian Railways has prescribed reservation of six berths (coaches) in Sleeper class in long-distance mail or express trains and reservation quota for women passengers in 3 AC class of Garib Rath/ Rajdhani/ Duronto/ fully air-conditioned express trains.
Union Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnav on Friday said that the Indian Railways has introduced several facilities, including special berths, to ensure comfortable travel of women passengers in long-distance trains.
The Minister said that the reservation quota of six coaches in Sleeper class in long distance Mail/Express trains and six coaches in 3 AC class of Garib Rath/Rajdhani/Duronto/fully air-conditioned express trains has been earmarked for women passengers. has gone.
In addition, there is a combined reservation quota of six to seven lower berths per coach in Sleeper Class, four to five lower berths per coach in AC 3 Tier (3AC) and three to four lower berths per coach in AC 2 Tier (2AC) class. Huh. He further said, depending on the number of coaches in that class in the train, the train has been earmarked for senior citizens, female passengers of 45 years and above and pregnant women.
Talking about the safety and security measures for women passengers, the Minister replied that Police and Public Order are State Subjects under the Seventh Schedule of the Constitution of India, however, Railway Protection Force (RPF) GRP/ District Police Passengers will provide better safety and security.
The Minister said that apart from these measures, some more steps are also being taken by Railways in coordination with GRP for the safety of passengers including women passengers on trains and stations.
A pan-India initiative 'Meri Saheli' was launched by RPF last year on October 17, 2020, with the objective of providing safety and security to women passengers traveling by trains for their entire journey i.e. from origin station to destination station.