Shimla: In the backdrop of Delhi gang rape case, Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh on Monday announced steps to provide safety to women and said the state government will show a "zero tolerance" towards crime against women.

"A state-level committee headed by the chief secretary would be set up, and it would meet quarterly to review all cases of atrocities on women and the action taken by various authorities," Singh said.

Similarly, a district-level committee headed by the respective Deputy Commissioners would meet once in a month to take stock of the situation, he said. "Zero-tolerance in cases of crime against women would be cardinal point of administration and police personnel would have to ensure prompt registration of FIR, followed by speedy investigation and trial of the accused”, Singh said in a meeting of senior state officials here.

Singh said that at least one lady constable would be posted at every police station and police chowkis to deal with aggrieved women approaching the police. "Corruption will not be tolerated and any such act would be strictly dealt with," the CM said.

On the issue of forest clearance of major hydel projects in the state, Singh said he had raised the issue in the recent meeting of National Development Council and sought the Centre's assistance in this connection.

(Agencies)

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