The Mobile Initiated Tracking and Rescue application (MITRA) was meant to ensure protection and security of women, children and aged persons during distress, providing them the facility to contact police for immediate help, Puducherry Chief Minister N Rangasamy said.

Addressing police personnel at the launch of the MITRA, he said protection of women and the aged was always a priority for the government and its an innovative facility to protect these sections during distress.

He said government was planning to create a separate Coastal Security Home Guards wing in the Police department to strengthen coastal security in the Union Territory.

The proposed Home Guards wing in coastal security would be strengthened by recruitment of around 200 personnel.

Rangasamy said the crime rate in Puducherry had come down now considerably and the administration was fulfilling the demands of police personnel in a phased manner.