Kolkata: Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu on Saturday inaugurated a mobile application which has been introduced by the Eastern Railways named R-Mitra to ensure women’s safety saying that it is an ‘extremely useful app’ which could be used by the railways throughout the country.
Speaking at the Eastern Railway headquarters in Kolkata, Prabhu said, “Around 2.7 crore to 3 crore people travel in the Indian Railways system on a day-to-day basis. Different types of crimes are committed by anti-social elements. It is a big challenge to deal with crime in railway properties. Women’s safety has become very important; they are subjected to atrocities in different places like work place, home and during travel.”
Eastern Railway general manager R K Gupta said, “The basic functionality of R-Mitra (Railway Mobile Instant Tracking Response and Assistance) is to alert the nearest RPF inspector and divisional security control room in case of any emergency with the press of a button only.”
He added, “Once the button on the app is pressed, the physical location of the victim will be sent to the control room with the help of GPS and GPRS and the control room will track the user and ensure action immediately.The app works both online and offline in SMS mode by using the helpline number 56161.”