Vijayawada: The Andhra Pradesh State government has decided to appoint a woman IPS officer to handle all cases coming under the purview of Disha Act. She will have control of all the 18 women police stations in the State. Taking a significant decision on Thursday, Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy directed officials to take every step to ensure appropriate implementation of Disha Act.

Mr Reddy also pointed out that a Disha App would be made available soon while the strength of the forensic lab strength would have a four-fold increase.

He made the announcements during a review meeting on implementation of Disha Act, and held the officials responsible and accountable for its implementation. The officials briefed him about the progress and suggested various legal and police actions that were needed to be incorporated in Disha Act.

The Chief Minister directed the officials to bring an exclusive Disha App for which he agreed to earmark separate funds.

The Chief Minister urged officials to prepare the standard operating procedure for the Disha Act by an early date. He also gave orders and announced budget for establishing dedicated courts in all 13 districts.

He asked the officials to deposit the required amount within a week for establishing courts; Officials mentioned that Rs 2 crore would be required for each court. He asked the officials to complete the recruitment of 13 public prosecutors as soon as possible.

For strengthening forensic labs capacity by four times, the Chief Minister approved establishing of two forensic labs at Visakhapatnam and Tirupati. The DGP had mentioned 176 posts would be required for the staff in the new forensic labs in response to which Mr Reddy told officials to issue a notification on January 1.

As part of upgrading existing women police stations, the Chief Minister approved the DGP’s proposal to have 18 women police stations with one DSP, three SIs and four support staff.

Mr Reddy sought strengthening the one-stop centers established in every district and directed officials to appoint one woman SI along with the existing staff.

The DGP said that the soon-to-be launched Suraksha Spandana App was meant for use by women to report atrocities. He said that 86 services would be available under this. It was decided to integrate 100 and 112 numbers.

 

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