The number of marshals in public buses, who will be deployed to ensure the safety of women on board, will be increased to nearly 13,000, the Delhi Chief Minister,Mr. Arvind Kejriwal, said on Monday.
He said the move highlighted his government's commitment to making the national capital safe for women, also said the extra marshals would start riding the buses from Tuesday. At present, there are around 3,400 bus marshals.
'Today, I am entrusting you all with a responsibility to ensure safety of women in each government bus and generate confidence in them so that they feel the comfort of a home in our buses,' Mr Kejriwal told a group of newly-recruited marshals.
'We are committed to boost(ing) security of women in Delhi. And, I don't think the level at which we have scaled up the strength of bus marshals, it has been done in any city in the world,' he added.
The Chief Minister's announcement comes a day before his Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) is to roll out a scheme that makes travel on Delhi Transport Corporation buses free for women.
'On the day of Raksha Bandhan, I want to give (a) gift to our sisters that there will be free rides for women on all DTC (Delhi Transport Corporation) and cluster buses from October 29, which will ensure their safety,' Mr Kejriwal was quoted as saying.