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Kerala Government to Install GPS in Public Vehicles

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In the wake of the Nirbhaya gang rape incident, the Centre has given directions to states to ensure the safety of women in public transport vehicles, reacting to that, Kerala government has drawn up a plan to install GPS and CCTV cameras in public transport vehicles to ensure women’s safety.

  • Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC) will be developing the software for this safety.
  • Besides the public transport vehicles, the Motor Vehicles Department is planning to install the tracking system in all registered vehicles including school buses, vans, Lorries and auto rickshaws.
  • In the first phase, GPS would be installed in vehicles and the second phase CCTV cameras will be installed.
  • Introduction of GPS based auto fare meter in the auto rickshaws is also in the plan.
  • Not only crimes against women, but traffic rules violations including over speed could be controlled with the installation of GPS.

Government of Kerala:

• The Government of Kerala headquartered at Thiruvananthapuram is a democratically elected body that governs the State of Kerala, India.
• The Government of Kerala was formed on November 1, 1956 after merging of State of Travancore-Cochin with the Malabar district of the Madras state as part of States Reorganization Act, 1956.
• The state government is headed by the Governor of Kerala as the nominal head of state, with a democratically elected Chief Minister as real head of the executive.
The Governor enjoys many different types of powers:
• Executive powers related to administration, appointments and removals.
• Legislative powers related to lawmaking and the state legislature.
• Discretionary powers to be carried out according to the discretion of the Governor.