RPF-Railway Protection Force

TOPIC:  Various Security forces and agencies and their mandate.

  • It was originally called “Watch & Ward”.
  • It was in 1957 that the Railway Protection Force Act was enacted by the Parliament.
  • It is responsible for the maintenance and security of Indian Railways.
  • It is under the administrative control of the Ministry of Railways.
  • It’s primary responsibilities are:
  • Escorting of passenger trains in vulnerable areas.
  • Providing access control, regulation and general security on the platforms, in passenger areas and circulating areas.
  • To protect and safeguard railway property, passenger area and passengers.
  • To remove any obstruction in the movement of railway property or passenger area
  • To do any other act conducive to the better protection and security of railway property, passenger area and passenger.
  • To investigate and prosecute in offences covered under the act and to arrest without warrant for the unlawful possession of railway property.
  • The offenders are booked under the Railway Property (Unlawful Possession) Act,1966.

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