Railways asked to decide soon on cost for posting GRP in trains

Mumbai: The Bombay High Court on Thursday directed the Railways to decide by August 30 a proposal to bear 50 per cent of the cost incurred to deploy additional 100 GRP personnel across suburban railway stations and in local trains to ensure safety of women commuters.

A division bench of Chief Justice Mohit Shah and Justice M S Sanklecha was hearing a suo moto (on its own) public interest litigation based on newspaper reports and a PIL filed by NGO Help Mumbai Foundation regarding women’s safety in the city and while travelling in local trains.

On the last hearing, the court was informed that on request from the Government Railway Police (GRP) for additional 100 Home Guards the state government had sanctioned it but had asked the railways to bear 50 per cent of the cost. However, the railways did not agree to it.

The railways today submitted an affidavit stating that the proposal was forwarded to the railway board on July 22 for sanction.

“Considering the urgency involved we direct the railways board to decide the proposal by August 30,” the bench said.

The court also directed the state government to take a decision by August 31 on whether it would be accepting the recommendations made by the Justice Dharmadhikari committee, set up to look into women safety issues.

Decide home guard deployment on trains, HC tells railway authorities

The Bombay High Court Thursday asked railway authorities to take a decision regarding bearing 50 per cent of the cost for deploying additional home guards on suburban trains by August 30.

The state had asked the railways to share the expense of 100 additional home guards. The government, however, told the court last month that the railway authorities had declined. The proposal was later withdrawn owing to an audit objection.

In an affidavit submitted to the court on Thursday, Udai Shukla, deputy inspector general and additional chief of railway security, informed the court that “it is not correct” that the proposal had been pending with the railway board since September 29, 2011.

“There was no disinclination on part of the railway administration for sharing 50 per cent cost of recruiting and deploying 100 additional police personnel,” Shukla’s affidavit stated.

Meanwhile, Rajiv Chavan, counsel for Help Mumbai Foundation that had also filed a PIL seeking greater safety measures for women, urged the court to direct the state to follow the recommendations made in the third report of the Justice C S Dharmadhikari panel.

The case will be heard further on September 23.

Mumbai: The Bombay High Court on Thursday directed the Railways to decide by August 30 a proposal to bear 50 per cent of the cost incurred to deploy additional 100 GRP personnel across suburban railway stations and in local trains to ensure safety of women commuters.

A division bench of Chief Justice Mohit Shah and Justice M S Sanklecha was hearing a suo moto (on its own) public interest litigation based on newspaper reports and a PIL filed by NGO Help Mumbai Foundation regarding women’s safety in the city and while travelling in local trains.On the last hearing, the court was informed that on request from the Government Railway Police (GRP) for additional 100 Home Guards the state government had sanctioned it but had asked the railways to bear 50 per cent of the cost. However, the railways did not agree to it.The railways today submitted an affidavit stating that the proposal was forwarded to the railway board on July 22 for sanction.

“Considering the urgency involved we direct the railways board to decide the proposal by August 30,” the bench said.

The court also directed the state government to take a decision by August 31 on whether it would be accepting the recommendations made by the Justice Dharmadhikari committee, set up to look into women safety issues.

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