More women in RPF to strengthen security for female passengers says Piyush

first_imgNew Delhi: In an effort to strengthen the security for women and children while travelling in train, rail ministry will increase the representation of women in Rail Police Force to the level of 10 per cent, Rail Minister Piyush Goyal said in the Rajya Sabha on Friday.According to the ministry data in the last year (2018), 4517 out of 9739 notified vacancies were reserved for women. In a written reply, the minister stressed that policing on railways is a state subject, in terms of prevention of crime, registration of cases, their investigation and maintenance of law and order in railway premises as well as on running trains, which they discharge through Government Railway Police (GRP) or District Police. However, the Railway Protection Force (RPF) supplements the efforts of GRP to provide better protection and security of passenger area and passengers. Also Read – Cong may promise farm loan waiver in HaryanaThe ministry data shows, 140,937 male persons were arrested for entry into compartments reserved for women passengers in 2018. Whereas, in 2016 the highest 144,665 were arrested for the same reason. Moreover, the RPF rescued the highest numbers of girl children, 3552 in the last year. Cases of Indian Penal Code (IPC) crime in Railways are registered and investigated by the concerned Government Railway Police. Further, CCTV cameras have been fitted in around 1300 coaches of 100 Mainline passenger trains. For leftover coaches, work for the existing running 58276 trains is sanctioned, Goyal said. Also Read – Modi formed OBC commission which earlier govts didn’t do: ShahIn phase-I, 7020 coaches (4620 coaches of premium trains and 2400 coaches of EMUs in Suburban area of Mumbai area) are planned to be equipped with CCTV System. For this, Request For Proposal (RFP) is floated and due for open on July,22 by RailTel, a PSU of Ministry of Railways, he added. In a daily basis, on vulnerable and identified routes or sections, RPF supervises 2500 trains, in addition to 2200 trains by GRP across the country. “Ladies Special trains running in Metropolitan cities are being escorted by lady RPF personnel…,” the minister further mentioned. For Kolkata Metro, which is the 17th zone of Indian Railways, emergency talk-back systems have been provided in all coaches of AC rakes. ‘182’ is the operational security Help Line number of Indian Railways for security-related assistance to passengers. It is also known that through various social media platforms- Twitter and Facebook, Railways responds to many issues, including security concerns.last_img

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