Indian Navy’s sailboat INSV Tarini, led by all-women crew, reached Cape Town, South Africa as part of Navika Sagar Parikrama expedition. This stop is last phase of its maiden voyage to circumnavigate globe before it depart Cape Town and return to Goa in April 2018, on completion of the voyage.
So far the vessel has covered 1,75,00 nautical miles from its start in Goa in September 2017. The expedition was covered all five legs, with stop-overs at Fremantle (Australia), Lyttleton (New Zealand), Port Stanley (Falklands-UK), and Cape Town (South Africa). The vessel has passed through Indian, Pacific and Atlantic oceans so far.
This is the first-ever Indian circumnavigation of the globe by an all-women crew. The vessel is skippered by Lieutenant Commander Vartika Joshi, and the crew comprises Lieutenant Commanders Pratibha Jamwal, P Swathi, and Lieutenants S Vijaya Devi, B Aishwarya and Payal Gupta.
The Indian Navy’s second ocean going sailboat, INSV Tarini entered Cape Town in South Africa today during it’s maiden voyage to circumnavigate the world. This is actually the first-ever Indian circumnavigation of the globe by an all-women team.
Journey of INSV Tarini
Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman had flagged off INSV Tarini from Goa on 10th Sept last year. The vessel has protected 17500 Nautical miles from Goa till 19th January this year. Presently, the vessel has covered four of the five legs of the voyage and entered the last port at Cape Town. It would return to Goa next month on completion of the voyage.
The expedition titled Navika Sagar Parikrama, is in consonance with the national policy to empower women to attain their full potential. It also aims to showcase ‘Nari Shakti’ on the world platform and help in transforming societal attitudes and attitude towards women in India by raising visibility of their participation in challenging environs.
The indigenously-built INSV Tarini is a 56-foot sailing vessel, which was inducted in the Indian Navy this past year, and showcases the ‘Make in India’ initiative on the International forum.
An all-women staff leading the Indian Navy Sailing Vessel (INSV) Tarini today docked at a port in Cape Town in South Africa, during the last phase of its maiden voyage to circumnavigate the world, the Navy said.
The expedition is being covered in five legs, with stop-overs at Fremantle in Australia, Lyttleton in New Zealand, Port Stanley in Falklands, and Cape Town in South Africa.
After reaching Cape Town, the vessel has covered the first four legs of its voyage.
The vessel’s passage through the Indian, Pacific and Atlantic oceans so far, has witnessed winds in excess of 60 knots and waves up to 7 metres high.
This is the first-ever Indian circumnavigation of the globe by an all-women crew.
Navika Sagar Parikrama
Nirmala Sitharaman, Indian Minister of Defence, had flagged-off INSV Tarini for global circumnavigation expedition from Goa on 10 Sept 17.
According to the statement from Indian Ministry of Defence, the expedition titled ‘Navika Sagar Parikrama’, is conducted to empower women to realize their full potential. “In addition, it aims to display ‘Nari Shakti’ (women power) on the world system and help revolutionise societal attitudes and mentality towards ladies in India by increasing presence of their involvement in challenging environs”, the declaration added.
The vessel would go back to Goa in April 2018, on completion of the voyage. The expedition has been covered in five legs, with stop-overs at 4 ports: Fremantle (Australia), Lyttleton (New Zealand), Port Stanley (Falklands), and Cape Town (South Africa). Currently, the vessel has protected four of the five legs of the voyage.
The crew in addition has been collecting and updating meteorological, ocean and wave data on a regular basis for accurate weather forecast by India Meteorological Department (IMD), as also monitoring marine pollution on the high seas. They might interact extensively with the local populace, especially children, during the slot halt to promote Sea sailing and the nature of adventure.
Government approves Rs 2,919 crore projects under Nirbhaya fund to create 8 safe cities
The Union Ministry of Women and Child Development has approved projects worth Rs 2,919 crore under Nirbhaya Fund for creating eight safe cities. They are Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Ahmedabad, Kolkata, Bengaluru, Hyderabad and Lucknow.
The Centre on Thursday approved projects worth Rs 2,919 crore under the Nirbhaya Finance for creating “safe cities” with special focus on women safety in public spaces and quick response systems to create deterrence against crime.
Eight cities where these initiatives will take shape include Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Ahmedabad, Kolkata, Bengaluru, Hyderabad and Lucknow. Between 2013 and 2017, the corpus of Nirbhaya Account has grown to Rs 3,100 crore.
Another Rs 500 crore has been set aside for it for 2018-19. The empowered committee of officers also approved user trial of the anxiety button feature on mobile phones in Uttar Pradesh that will start sometime later this month. It has also sanctioned setting up of a model forensic technology laboratory in Chandigarh.
Dedicated women safety patrol vans will be added to the existing fleet of the Delhi Police. These vans will be equipped with GPS monitoring and on-board video feed writing. Mumbai has been sanctioned Rs 252 crore to enable GIS mapping of criminal hotspots, video surveillance, training of investigating officers and quick response law enforcement teams.
The Nirbhaya Finance was create in the aftermath of the gruesome gangrape and murder of the paramedical student in Delhi in 2012, and aims at improving safety for women.
Government taking Initiatives in Cities
Plans for safe towns have been prepared in coordination with municipal corporations and police commissionerates of these metropolitan areas. For instance, in Delhi a project worth Rs 663 crore has been approved to enhance safety of public places like streets, schools and metro stations. The project includes use of latest technology such as video monitoring, facial recognition analytics, and person tracking systems.
Mumbai has been granted Rs 252 crore for projects, which include mapping of criminal hotspots, video surveillance as well as for conditioning the “Police Didi” programme which focuses on women police personnel interacting with women living in slums.
Kolkata will get Rs 181.32 crore for various schemes, including for building up nine women police stations.
Bengaluru has been sanctioned tasks well worth Rs 667 crore, such as establishing women law enforcement outposts and creation of safety islands at vulnerable places.
These programmes have been sanctioned after various rounds of meeting between the officials of the ministry well as municipal corporations and police commissioners of the cities.
It has additionally sanctioned setting up of a model forensic research lab in Chandigarh.
Nirbhaya Fund can be an Indian rupee 10 billion corpus announced by Federal government of India in its 2013 Union Budget. Based on the Fund Minister P then. Chidambaram, this account is likely to support initiatives by the federal government and NGOs working towards safeguarding the dignity and making sure safety of ladies in India. Nirbhaya (fearless) was the pseudonym directed at the 2012 Delhi gang rape sufferer to cover her actual identification. The Ministry of Child and Women Development, along with other worried ministries, will continue to work out information on the structure, range and the use of this fund.
Nirbhaya Account was announced by the Finance Minister in his 2013 budget speech, with Government contribution of Rs. 1000 Crores for empowerment, security of women and lady children.The Account is administered by Division of Economic Affairs of the finance ministry.