Railway Protection Force (RPF) & its mandate
- The RPF 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.
The primary responsibilties of RPF 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.
- To perform other functions of an armed force of the Union and to exercise powers of a railway servant as conferred by or under the Indian Railways Act, 1890.
- To identify potential situations where crime can take place (against railway property, be it static, in-transit or mobile) and effect remedial measures.
- Facilitate passenger-travel and security by removing all anti-social elements from trains, railway premises and passenger area.
- Remain vigilant to prevent trafficking in women and children and take appropriate action to rehabilitate destitute children found in Railway areas.
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- Co-operate with other departments of the Railways in improving the efficiency and image of the Indian Railways.
- Act as a bridge between the Government Railway Police/ local police and the Railway administration.
- Adopt proactively all modern technology, best human rights practices, management techniques and special measures for protection of female and elderly passengers and children, in the pursuit of these objectives.
- To register and take up enquires under the Railway Property (Unlawful Possession) Act 1966, apprehend the offenders & participate in subsequent legal proceedings.