Mumbai: At his maiden interaction with the senior police officers here on Tuesday, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray instructed them to take quick action in cases of women harassment and other related issues so that such crimes can be curbed.
He also called upon the administration to put in place a mechanism for the timely utilisation of Nirbhaya fund, which was set up after the sexual atrocities against Nirbhaya in 2012.
Thackeray's directives comes in the wake of reports that Maharashtra, despite having second highest crime rate against women, spent 'zero' funds under Nirbhaya funds.
The then Central government had set up a Nirbhaya fund and allocated parts of it to states and Union Territories to ensure the safety of women.
Tuesday's meeting was attended by state Director General of Police Subodh Jaiswal, Mumbai police Commissioner Sanjay Barve and other senior officers.
Thackeray also emphasised the need to step up efforts to maintain law and order situation in the state.
Thackeray's maiden interaction with senior police officers is important as the Shiv Sena is adamant on keeping the crucial Home department to itself.