Patna: Bihar, which not long back held the dubious distinction of being one of the most unsafe places for females as well as males, has finally broke the shackles to wake up on the issue of women safety. With the aim to set up one Mahila Thana in each district, the Cabinet has approved 40 Women police stations for the state.

Principal Secretary (Cabinet) Ravikant after the Cabinet meeting said that cases of female harassment would be registered at Mahila Thana. Till date, the state does not have even a single police station for females. Fulfilling the formalities, there is a single women police unit under the Crime Investigating wing of the state police.

A total of 647 posts have been created for women police in Bihar, and the process is likely to cost Rs 25.44 crore on an annual basis. The state women wing will have 21 Inspectors, 121 Sub Inspectors, 101 Additional Sub-Inspectors, 80 Head Constable and 324 Constables.

The Cabinet also gave its nod to begin the winter session of the state assembly from December 2 which will hold six meetings. Retired defence personnel, who are recruited in the Special Auxiliary Police (SAP) on a contractual basis, will not have to go through the formality of getting their contract renewed each year.

For a period of five-year till 2015-16, the posts for SAP have been collectively sanctioned which includes 16,300 soldiers, 150 Junior Commissioned Officer (JCO) and 550 cooks.