Delhi government to hire private guards as marshals in buses

Delhi government to hire private guards as marshals in buses

In order to ensure safety of women in public transport, the AAP government has decided to hire 200 private security guards and deploy them as marshals in Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) buses.

The DTC will float tenders in the next few days to choose a security agency and within one month, 200 private security guards will be deployed as marshals in the first phase.

“Around 2,000 home guards currently patrol DTC buses, but this number is not sufficient. In view of this, it was decided to hire 200 private security guards to be deployed as marshals in buses on a pilot basis,” said a senior government official.

The official also said that if the government gets good results, it will hire more private security guards in the second phase.

“These security guards will be hired on a contractual basis and they will ensure safety of women inside the buses. Security guards will also undergo training programme so that they can prevent and deal with crime against women in the vehicles,” the official said.

DTC spokesperson Dr R S Minhas said private security guards will ensure safety in corporation buses. Another official said the government is mulling over giving walkie-talkies to these security guards.

In its pre-poll assurance, the Aam Aadmi Party had promised to deploy marshals in buses to ensure safety of women in the national capital.

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