-Sri Raosaheb Patil Danve, Hon’ble Union Minister of State for Railways,
Coal & Mines presented 42 Police Medals to the RPF Personnel
The Railway Protection Force (RPF) celebrated 39thRaising Day on 23rd September 2023 by organizing a parade at the central level at RPF Training Centre, Moula-Ali, Hyderabad. Sri. Raosaheb Patil Danve, Hon’ble Union Minister of State for Railways, Coal & Mines graced the occasionas the Chief Guest and received the grand salute of the Parade. Shri. Manoj Yadava, Director General, RPF, New Delhi, Shri. Arun Kumar Jain, General Manager, South Central Railway, Shri. Anjani Kumar, Director General of Police, Telangana, Ms. Aroma Singh Thakur, IG cum Principal Chief Security Commissioner, South Central Railway and senior officers from Central Armed Police Forces, State Police, various Government Departments, Railways and other eminent dignitaries also participated in the occasion.
Speaking on the occasion, Sri. Raosaheb Patil Danve appreciated that RPF always had remained ready in times of crisis and provided service to the Nation. During the attacks like 26/11 which happened in Mumbai and during Balasore's tragic incident RPF risked their lives which was appreciated across the country and seen by the world. He also stated that RPF has 9% women in its strength which is the largest among paramilitary forces. He also mentioned that major redevelopment work of 1309 Railway stations under Amrit Bharat Yojana is in progress. He highlighted that, Bullet Train or Vande Bharat train or electrification of all broad gauge or Raksha Kavach, many important works are being done in the Railway Department today.
The Hon’ble Minister of State for Railways presented the 'President's Police Medal for Distinguished Service', “Indian Police Medal for Meritorious Service’, ‘Jeevan Raksha Padak’ and various other medals to 42 RPF personnel.
The Director General of RPF outlined the various new initiatives taken by the force to provide a safe and secure train travel to the passengers. He stated that the RPF is making use of technology in various spheres of its working to ensure an optimal utilization of the manpower. In the last one year, more than 3,11,311 passenger security related complaints received through Rail Madad and Twitter were promptly resolved by the Railway Protection Force. Railway Protection Force had started the initiative named Meri Saheli 2 years ago to provide significant security to women passengers traveling alone. More than 230 Meri Saheli teams are deployed at major railway stations for the safety of women passengers and they in a month had provided security to4,71,845 women passengers traveling alone in 12,024 trains.
More than 200 RPF personnel marched in the Parade to the tunes played by the RPF Band. The Parade comprised of 11 platoons, which included a Mahila Platoon, a Platoon of RPSF, a CoRAS Commando Platoon, a platoon of Segway Riders, a Platoon of RPF Dogs and a Platoon of retired RPF personnel. Dr. Shreyans Chinchawade, Sr. Divisional Security Commissioner, RPF, Lucknow division commanded the Parade while Shri Utkarsh Narayan, ASC Probationer, RPF was his Second-in-Command (2-IC).The Parade was followed Martial Arts and UAC display by women, Gedi Dance, Silent Rifle Drill, Malkhamb, Bike show.
The Director General, RPF inaugurated Cyber Cell class room at Training Centre, Moula-ali, renovated Security Conference Hall at Rail Nilayam, Secunderabad, new Divisional Reserve Coy building of Secunderabad Division and RFID based Armoury management system.
The program was concluded with vote of thanks extended by Ms. Aroma Singh Thakur IG cum PCSC, SCR who had organized the parade.