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Women Safety is Topmost Priority for Andhra Pradesh, Says CM Jagan Reddy

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy launched Disha App.

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy launched Disha App.

To ensure women safety, the Andhra Pradesh government targeted for 1 crore downloads of Disha App, which can protect girls and women in danger by alerting police.

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy on Tuesday said women safety is the topmost priority to the state government and the Disha App will be of great use for them. Participating in the Disha App awareness programme in Gollapudi on Tuesday, he directed the officials to take up the door-to-door campaign in creating awareness on the App ensuring that every woman downloads it.

The Chief Minister said that the unfortunate incident that took place at Prakasam Barrage has enraged him, and decided to create awareness on Disha App, which can protect girls and women in danger by alerting police. He said that every house should be made aware of the App and women police and volunteers should be ambassadors for this awareness campaign.

Jagan explained that over 17 lakh people have already downloaded the Disha App and it would reach one crore downloads and stated that the App has also received four national awards.

Disha App was developed in a way that can alert the police control room when a woman or a girl in distress shakes the smartphone with the App three times or touch the SOS button and ensure speedy response.

The App also has the option called ‘Track My Travel’ for safety and guidance during travel.

If any woman or girl feels that they are in danger they can inform the police and five family members simultaneously through Disha Application.

The app also consists of the information of police officers numbers, nearest police stations, hospitals, maternity centres, medical shops and blood banks.

The Chief Minister said the safety and security of women shall not be compromised and reminded that 18 Disha police stations have already been set up in the state and the Disha Act has been brought in.

Further, the Chief Minister said that the government had brought 900 mobile patrolling teams which were also set up especially in those sensitive areas where crime is likely to occur and a woman police officer has been appointed in the village and ward secretariats. Reiterating that the government gives top priority to women, he said that in the State cabinet, Deputy Chief Minister and Home Minister posts are being held by women.

During the event, volunteers demonstrated the use of the Disha App in the presence of Reddy and soon after pressing SOS, Bhavanipuram police responded immediately and reached the location in minutes. The Chief Minister expressed satisfaction over the performance of the App.

Deputy Chief Minister (Tribal Welfare) Pamula Pushpasrivani, Home Minister Mekatoti Sucharitha, Panchayati Raj and Rural Development Minister Peddireddy Ramachandrareddy, Endowment Minister Velampally Srinivas, Civil Supplies Minister Kodali Venkateswara Rao (Nani), Transport, I & PR Minister Perni Venkatramaiah, Women and Child Welfare Minister Taneti Vanitha, Chief Minister’s Programme Coordinator Thalasila Raghuram, AP Women’s Commission Chairperson Vasireddy Padma, DGP Gautam Sawang, public representatives and other officials were present.

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first published:June 29, 2021, 19:29 IST