The FKJGP has urged the State government to entrust BSNL for implementation of the AIS:140 based passenger vehicle tracking project in Meghalaya.
In a letter to Deputy Chief Minister Prestone Tynsong today, the FKJGP said that the Central government has mandated the setting up of the State command-control backend system in each State and allocated a fund for the same to each State under the Nirbhaya fund framework scheme.
“The State of Meghalaya has been allocated a fund of Rs 10.4 crore for setting up of the State command-control backend system and meeting the expenses of running it for two years. The project is highly critical in nature as it is for the safety of people and vehicles travelling in the State and is a unique project as it will be going to provide safety to the women in particular and will help in catching hold of culprits and law breakers. In case of any accident or harassment with any passenger particularly women, the panic button will alert the nearest police station, emergency or law enforcement agency to provide immediate assistance. The project will give direct control of the location of the law breakers to the police as well as the Transport Department and Ministry of Home and will go a long way in reducing the crimes in the State,” the FKJGP said.
Further, the FKJGP said that the project should be implemented by an agency having local presence in the State and which has experience and capabilities to implement the same in a better, effective and efficient manner.
“The project requires district level and State level execution and it must be executed by a PSU/government entity having presence in the districts as well as State level and having network coverage and support facilities in the State,” the organisation said.
The FKJGP also suggested that BSNL, which has a large telecom network through its local establishment at Shillong, should be nominated by the State government for implementation of AIS:140 based vehicle tracking project.
The pressure group also suggested that the government should set-up feed mills in various parts of the state to help livestock farmers with access to cheaper fodder for their animals.