Kerala: Suraksha-Mitra Project

The Suraksha-Mitra project has become operational in the State of Kerala.

What is Suraksha-Mitra Project?

Suraksha-Mitra Project is a vehicle monitoring system. It sends distress messages in case of any accident. Motor Vehicle Department has launched this project under Nirbhaya Scheme. This system will send a distress message to owners’ mobile phones, if there are any untoward incidents while travelling.

How will this system work?

A Vehicle Location Tracking Device (VLTD) will be attached to the vehicles. If the vehicle in involved in accident or in case driver over-speeds the vehicle, owners will receive SMS alerts from VLTD. Alerts would be sent immediately through SMS and e-mail to relevant number and email Id, provided by owners during installation of the device. Thus, owners would be able to ensure the safe movement of vehicle by looking after the authenticity of message.

Mobile no and e-mail ID update

Owners can update or change mobile number and e-mail ID, provided during the time of installation of the system, of installing the device, at ‘[email protected]’.

No of vehicles having this system

Under the project, this system has been installed in 2.38 lakh vehicles.

About Nirbhaya Scheme

The government of India had set up the “Nirbhaya Fund” in 2013, after 2012 Nirbhaya Gang rape case. The fund focuses on implementing the initiatives that are aimed at improving the security and safety of women across India. It is a non-lapsable corpus fund, in which government’s contribution was 1000 crores.  This fund is administered by “Department of Economic Affairs under the Ministry of Finance”. However, Women and Child Development Ministry is the nodal agency to do expenditure from the Fund. Under this fund, Central government provides money to the states, which is spent on programs meant for ensuring women’s safety.

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