New Delhi: The Indian Railway Ministry might soon launch a website for missing children who are found or rescued particularly from trains or railway stations. The website will carry details of children who ran away from their homes or were trafficked, along with their pictures, so they can be reunited more easily with their families.
About 200 child care kiosks are also planned across major railway stations in the country that will be nodal centres to help rescued children.
Suresh Prabhu, Minister of Railways, along with Maneka Gandhi, Minister for Women and Child Development, inaugurated one of the first of the 200 upcoming child care kiosks spread across the country, on Wednesday, at the New Delhi Railway Station.
The child care kiosks, which will acts as prime centres for rescued children, are planned to be put up in various major railway stations in India.
The Divisional Railway Manager of Northern Railway, Delhi Division, Arun Arora said: “The kiosks are being put up primarily to help children who either run away from homes or are trafficked, mainly from the eastern part of the country or Nepal who land up in Delhi,”quoted The Hindu.
Arora said that the website was created on Prabhu’s instructions which called for a website showing the pictures of children rescued from railways and linked to khoyapaya.gov.in – a similar website which is run by the Ministry of Women and Child Development.
The ministers also launched the ‘Posters for Child Protection’, which will be pasted on each of the Indian Railways operated 50,000 coaches. The posters have been created to “to involve public and generate awareness,” said Arora. “They contain instructions on what to do if they find a child,” he said.
“About 20 such kiosks will come up in Delhi Division alone, the first being at New Delhi railway station. In 2014-15, we have rescued 1,711 such children from Delhi,” he added.
A helpline has also been started by the Indian Railway which people can use to call in case they have information on children who are wandering around on the stations or inside the trains, generally looking lost.
“Any passenger who sees a child loitering around can bring the child to the kiosk, which is being manned by NGOs 24X7, besides RPF personnel and our commercial staff. The kiosks will serve as an interface between the parents of the children or childcare centres if parents are not available,” said Arora.
Railway app enables you to book flight tickets to ordering food
Before the launch of Saarthi app, there were multiple mobile Railway apps
The app has been developed by the CRIS (Centre for Railway Information Systems), the Railways’ software arm
The Rail app Saarthi is launched by India’s Railways Minister, Mr Suresh Prabhu on 13th July 2017. The app enables you to book flight tickets to ordering food, this mobile application can do everything. The app is an integrated mobile application to cater all kinds of passenger requirements, which includes ticket booking, inquiry, onboard cleaning and ordering a meal on a single platform. At the launch event of the app, it was also announced that the extension in the advance booking period for foreigners to 365 days from present 120 days. Now a lower berth in a 3AC coach will be reserved for physically-challenged people and the middle for the individual accompanying them.
Suresh Prabhu said that with the launch of new app, they aim to provide better customer experience, there was a need for an integrated application which could give a single window interface for these services. Before the launch of Saarthi app, there were multiple mobile Railway apps and to use different services, the user had to search and download each application separately.
The Rail ‘Saarthi’ app stands for, “Synergised Advanced Application Rail Travel Help and Information. Apart from providing impeccable facilities and services, the app also caters to features such as safety for women, compliant facility, booking porter, retiring room and suggestion for improvement. Moreover, the app can now also be used for booking taxis and hotels. Interestingly, you can also book air ticket through the app and give feedback. When it comes adding some more benefits then, in addition, Indian railways presented an integrated mobile application to cater to various passenger requirements, including ticket booking, inquiry, on-board cleaning and ordering meal on a single platform.
The app has been developed by the CRIS (Centre for Railway Information Systems), the Railways’ software arm. The estimated cost of in building the app has been Rs 7 crore. The initiation of Integrated Railway Mobile App for Indian Railways was announced in the Rail Budget 2016-17. The official had said that there are other multiple Railway apps which cater to various passenger requirement, including onboard cleaning but most of them offer only a single service. These apps can be searched and downloaded separately. This gave rise to the need of providing a single window interface for these services.
In order to provide better customer experience, there was a need for an assimilated app, which could give a single window interface for such kind of facilities, Prabhu said after launching the app.
You need to go to Google Play Store on your Android device.
Search for the term “COMS – for RAIL SAARTHI”.
You will see an ‘Install’ button. Clicking on that will download and install the app on your device.
Once installed, you will have to log in to the app after creating a ‘Sign In’ ID.
In order to download the application, you need to go to Google Play Store on your Android smartphones. Thereafter, you need to search for the term “COMS – for RAIL SAARTHI”. This is the newly launched app. At the landing page, you will see an ‘Install’ button. Just pressing on that will download and install the app on your device. Once installed, you will have to log in to the app after creating a ‘Sign In’ ID. The landing page on Google Play Store says, “App should be download in combination with SAARTHI app available at google play store.”
Benefits Of Rail Saarthi Mobile App:
The new digital initiative will reduce the crowd on the ticket counter. Initially, the App was launched on the Android platform. The Railway Android app and Railway IOS app will soon be launched on Windows platform. Explain that till now the Railways had kept separate apps for different services but now all these workers will be done from the same app.
With the introduction of this app, the lower berth in a 3AC coach will be reserved for physically-challenged people and the middle for the individual accompanying them. However, in the 3AC coach of a train, there will be only one such berth. Until now, the facility was only in the sleeper class — 2 berths — which has now been extended to the 3AC as well. It has also extended the advance booking period for foreigners to 365 days from the present 120 days.