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MISSION STATEMENT OF RPF

We shall:

  • Protect and safeguard railway passengers, passenger area and railway property.
  • Ensure the safety, security and boost the confidence of the traveling public in the Indian Railways.

OBJECTIVES

We shall:

  • Carry on an unrelenting fight against criminals in protecting railway passengers, passenger area and railway property.
  • 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.
  • 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.


 

ROLE OF RPF IN PASSENGER SECURITY

The Railway Protection Force has emerged from a turmoil of systems; there being as many forms of its existence and as many modes of functioning as there were railway Companies in British India for imparting the set-up a uniformity of working, the RPF Rules were enacted in 1959 and RPF Regulations published in 1966. In the same year, some limited powers to apprehend and prosecute offenders involved in railway property were conferred on the Force by enacting the Railway Property (Unlawful Possession) Act, 1966. Primarily RPF has been entrusted with responsibility of the safety of Railway property. But, while the provisions of RPF Act were soon found wanting for the maintenance of an effective and disciplined Force, the RPF Rules and Regulations too were found judicially unsound. The RPF Act, 1957 was accordingly modified by Parliament vide Act No.60 of 1985 on 20 September 1985 for the constitution and maintenance of the Force as an armed force of the Union.

The Committee recommended that since policing on the railways is the constitutional responsibility of the State Governments, certain matters relating to the security of Railway passengers could be segregated from the policing functions and be given to the Railway Protection Force.

 

The Committee also recommended that the Railway Protection Force may be given the following additional duties relating to security of passengers:

  1. Escorting of passenger trains in vulnerable areas.
  2. Providing access control, regulation and general security on the platforms, in passenger areas and circulating areas.

The Railway Ministry accepted the above recommendations of the Committee. Accordingly, RPF by an amendment of the Railways Act/RPF Act has been empowered to deal with the offences, which directly relate to the functioning of the Railways, as the Police, being preoccupied with the law and order duties, have little time for these minor offences.  It was against this backdrop that the RPF Act and The Railways Act have been amended. The main purpose is to supplement the efforts of the State Governments to reinforce the security of the passengers and the passenger areas on Indian Railways. For giving these additional responsibilities to the Railway Protection Force, the Railway Protection Force Act, 1957was again modified by Parliament vide act No.52 of 2003 on 23rd December-2003 for providing more legal powers to RPF to provide better protection to Railway Property, Passenger area and Passengers.

In view of latest amendment RPF is entrusted with following duties:-

  1. to protect and safeguard railway property, passenger area and passenger;
  2. to remove any obstruction in the movement of railway property or passenger area; and
  3. to do any other act conducive to the better protection and security of railway property, passenger area and passenger.

Further, it was felt that for effectively dealing with the cases under the Railways Act, the Railway Protection Force should be empowered to enquire and to launch prosecution against the persons committing offences under the Railways Act and accordingly the Railway Act has been amended to empower RPF to investigate and prosecute in offences covered under the Act.

It was necessary to make the above amendments for following reasons :-

  1. Railway Protection Force will be legally enabled to provide protection and safeguard to the passenger and his luggage, which will ensure better Passenger Facilitation.
  2. Access control to stations can be regulated in a more effective way and general security on the platforms in passenger area and circulation area will get reinforced
  3. Empowerment under The Railways Act will ensure more smooth train operations since many sections of The Railways Act aim at hassle-free train operations.
  4. Entrusting of new responsibilities to RPF would mean optimum utilization of human resources.
  5. Railway Protection Force will be able to take steps for prevention of any cognizable offence against the passengers and will also be legally empowered to apprehend any person who is involved in such offences.

With the introduction of amendment in RPF and Railways Act, RPF has been vested with the powers to investigate in Railways Act cases. RPF has accepted the challenge.  

ROLE OF GOVERNMENT RAILWAY POLICE

The duties of the Government Railway Police as regards the areas in their jurisdiction correspond in general to those of the District Police in the areas under their charge. The Government Railway Police have in addition the following special duties:

(i) To maintain order at railway stations and in trains. The term “Order” duties comprises:–

  1. control of passenger traffic within station premises, especially on platforms, in booking offices, waiting halls, at entrance and exit gates and wherever specially required in emergencies by the station officials;
  2. control of vehicular and other traffic in station precincts;
  3. Maintenance of order in passenger trains halted at stations and prevention of over-crowding in carriages;
  4. Supervision of loaded passenger trains standing in station;
  5. arrest of persons guilty of committing nuisance, removal of persons suffering from infectious diseases and keeping of station premises clear of beggars;
  6. examination of empty carriages on arrival at terminal stations for property left behind by passengers and inspection of carriages with a view to seeing that fittings have not been tampered with;
  7. removal of bodies of persons who dies in trains or on station premises and conveyance to hospital of sick passengers;

(ii) To report to the proper authorities railway or civil the commission of offences under         the Railways Act, and cases of fraud or oppression on the part of railway personnel;

(iii) To enquire into accidents on railway;

(iv) To render assistance to railway officers and to the traveling public in so far as the rendering of such assistance is compatible with their own duties as Police officers.

The Government Railway Police are responsible generally for the prevention and detection of crime on railways. The protection of goods-sheds, goods-wagons at stations and parcel offices is not duty of the Railway Police, but of the Railway Protection Force of the Railway.

Staff Position: (excluding Gazetted & Ministerial)

Sl

No

Wing

Sanctioned strength

IPF

SIPF

ASIPF

HC

Con

Safai

wala

Head Cook

Water

carrier

Total

1

Executive

9

14

21

67

116

0

0

0

227

2

SIB units

0

1

3

2

3

0

0

0

9

3

  Dog squad

0

0

1

2

3

0

0

0

6

4

Ancillary

0

0

0

0

0

1

1

1

3

5

Driver

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

Total

9

15

25

71

122

1

1

1

247

JURISDICTION

GNT DIVISION:

From

To

Distance KMs.

Line

Traction

Krishna Canal Jn. [ex]

Guntur Jn.

25.36

Double

Electric

Guntur Jn.

Nallapadu Jn.

5.00

Double

Electric

Tenali Jn. [ex]

Guntur Jn.

24.27

Double

Electric

Nallapadu Jn.

PagidipalliJn [ex]

238.49

Single

Electric

Nallapdu Jn.

Nandyal [inc]

256.91

Single

Electric

Repalle

Tenali Jn. [ex]

32.06

Single

Electric

Nadikude Jn.

Macherla

35.10

Single

Electric

Vishnupuram

Janpahad

10.64

Single

Electric

Guntur Bypass line

1.94

Single

Electric

Total KMs.

629.72

RPF POSTS JURISDICTION:

Post

From

To

Distance KMs.

Guntur

KCC

NDPU

55

GNT

RAL

56

NLPD

SAP

37

Narasaraopet

NDPU

CBM

142

Nandyal

CBM

NDL

94

Nadikudi

SAP

PDGL

70

NDKD

MCLA

35

Nalgonda

PDGL

PGDP

130

VNUP

JNPD

11

630

MODEREN GADGETS

Sl. No.

Name of the Equipment Procured

Place of   installation

Remarks

01

Night Vision device

All Post & OPs

Available: 20

02

DFMD

Guntur Post-1

Nalgonda Post-1

Available: 02

03

HHMD

All Post  & OPs

Available: 22

04

Trolley Mirror

Guntur Post-1

Available: 08

05

Folding Structure

All posts

Available: 19

06

Poly carbonate lathi

All Post & OPs

Available: 166

07

Poly carbonate shields

-do-

Available: 42

08

Nylon rope

-do-

9800 meters

09

VHF Sets

All Post/OP

Available: 05

10

Emergency lights

All Post/ OP

Available: 14

11

Polyester Tent

-do-

Available: 10

12

Florescent Tape

-do-

5800 meters

13

Head light helmet with top fitting

All Post

Available: 05

14

Finger print kit

All Post/ OP

Available: 29

15

Polycarbonate Helmets

DRGNT

Available: 15

16

Digital Handy cam

On hand stores

Available: 04

17

Shin guard

All Post/ OP

Available: 50

 CCTV

CCTV:

CCTV system installed at three stations over Guntur division. The particulars of CCTV surveillance system are as under.

    

Sl.

No.

Post/OP

No. of CCTV cameras

01

Guntur - Post

45

02

Nandyal - Post

11

03

Nalgonda - Post

09

TOTAL

65

NOTE: Total - 56 stations under D, E & F Category are proposed with 562 cameras under Nirbhaya fund, the same is under pending with Sr.DSTE.

PERFORMANE OF RPF

RP(UP) ACT

Year

No. of cases

Regd.

No. of cases

Detd.

Value of Property

stolen

Value of Property

Recovered

Arrests made

OS

RE

RPF

2018

50

50

106950

106950

53

--

--

2019

43

43

252400

262400

54

02

--

2020 upto Aug

10

10

19180

19180

17

--

--

RAILWAYS ACT

Year

No. of

cases registered

Amount of

fine realized

2018

11942

1429650

2019

6978

1314350

2020 upto Aug

1964

308900

PERFORAMNCE UNDER TOUT ACTIVITIES:

Month &

 Year

No. of cases regd.

No. of persons arrested

No. of tickets seized

Value of tickets seized in Rs.

No. of IRCTC user IDs blocked

Future journey

Past journey

Future journey

Past journey

2018

21

21

291

628

505736

241866

111

2019

20

20

217

427

288200

579020

75

2020

upto Aug

15

15

245

851

510030

1432393

161

182-Passenger Security Help Line:

         Passenger Security Help Line was installed at Divisional Security Control Room with facility of 02 lines & Automatic Call Recorder. On duty staff is attending all the calls received through Helpline, informing to concerned Incharge official for necessary action and closed accordingly through online.  

Good works (Rescue of children, luggage retrieval, etc)

During the year 2020 (up to August) RPF personnel have rescued 15 Nos of children who have left/ran over their home. The said children were handed over to their parents and child helpline centers.

During the year 2020 RPF personnel have recovered  the left over luggage of the passengers in 35 instances, Valued Rs. 11,56,070/- and the luggage was handed over to the owners under acknowledgment. All the passengers have appreciated the service rendered by RPF department.

Role of RPF during lock down period due to covid-19 pandemic

1.Escorting of sramik specials

During the lockdown period RPF personnel has escorted 111 Nos of Shramik special which are passed over Guntur division without any remark. No single untoward incident was reported while passing of Shramik Special over Guntur division.

2.Distribution of food packets

During the lockdown period RPF personnel has distributed the food packets to migrant labour, poor people and vegabonds at Guntur, Nalgonda, Narasaraopet and Nandyal Railway stations.

3.Bandobust at boarding points NBR & MAG

During the lockdown 15 Nos of Shramik special trains has been dispatched from Guntur division to various places of country. During this RPF personnel have performed Bundobust duties in liaison with GRP, Railway administration, Local Police and State authorities. Also RPF department rendered service in distribution of food packets, water, sanitizers etc., to migrant labour who travelled in above said trains. 

4.Prevention of passage of migrant labour along the track

During the lock down period RPF personnel conducted track patrolling along with GRP to prevent passage of migrant labour along with Railway track. Further RPF department kept strict surveillance along the track with assistance of sister departments of Railways any movement of migrant labours on the railway track. 


Organization Setup




Source : South Central Railway CMS Team Last Reviewed on: 08-10-2020  


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