Southern Railway Salem division celebrated "34th Rising Day of Railway Protection Force" Today at the Divisional Office Grounds, Salem

        On this august occasion, Shri. U. Subba Rao Divisional Railway Manager, Salem Division, Southern Railway presided over the function and received the Guard of Honour from the RPF Contingents. Addressing the RPF contingent, Divisional Railway Manager stated that passengers have great expectations from RPF and that they should respond to the new challenges with renewed vigour and determination setting high standards of excellence in work.

        The history of RPF is as old as that of the Railway system.  From a very humble beginning as Watch and Ward of the Private Railway Companies to that of a statutory Force of the Government of India under the RPF Act, 1957 and the subsequent elevation to an Armed Force of the Indian Union under the Ministry of Railways, the Force has had a metamorphic growth. The path has been long and arduous. The uncompromising commitment to its mandate and willingness to accept higher responsibility has enabled the Force to achieve its present stature. RPF is a multifaceted organization aiding civil authorities during elections, supplementing the efforts of State and Central Forces in containing Militancy and left wing extremist atrocities apart from protecting and safeguarding Railways property and passengers. As we know that Railway is the lifeline of the nation, RPF has been consistently contributing to the security of the Railways and thereby to the growth of Indian Railways and the Nation. This was amply displayed by the awarding of colours to the Force by His Excellency Dr.A.P.J.Abdul Kalam, Hon’ble President of India on 22.05.2006.

The legal powers conferred on the RPF with the enactment of RP(UP) Act in 1966 and its amendment in 2012, Railways Act in 1989 and its Amendment in 2003 have ushered in a paradigm shift in the duties of RPF.  Passenger security has become the core area of concern for the RPF apart from protecting the Railway property spread across the country.  The Hon’ble Railway Minister had exhorted that passenger security shall receive top priority in the agenda of the Force. Accordingly, 351 trains are escorted daily and about 40% of the Force is exclusively deployed for passenger security.  The lady constables are utilized as “Shakthi Padai” for providing security to women passengers. In this year 2018, declared as the year of Women Safety, RPF/Salem Division has been taking all out efforts for ensuring the safety and security of women passengers, especially while travelling during night.

The Highlights of RPF achievements. During the year 2019 (upto August), RPF has recovered stolen railway properties worth Rs. 1.76 lakhs with the arrest of 59 criminals. Further, a total of 4126 offenders were prosecuted under various sections of Railways Act duly realizing fine amount of Rs. 23,25,400/- , during the regular drives to ensure safe and secure  journey to the travelling public in Indian Railways.

RPF/Salem Division has also been leading from forefront in detecting crime against passengers’ in co-ordination with GRP. During 2019 (upto August), 60 cases have been detected with the arrest of 92 accused and recovery of property worth Rs.4,48,000/-. RPF personnel have rendered yeomen service in retrieving abandoned / left over passenger belongings containing cash, jewels, vital documents etc., and returning to the lawful owners in 82 occasions during the current year.
In yet another facet of crime prevention and passenger facilitation, concerted action is taken against e-ticket touting. Special teams have been constituted   and drives conducted against e-ticket touting resulting in arrest of 22 touts along with seizure of 138 e-tickets, valued Rs.1,36,453/-.  RPF has also successfully thwarted smuggling and transportation of contraband goods through Railways duly seizing smuggled / contraband goods worth Rs.9,85,545/- on 12 instances in 2019.
Coimbatore Railway Station has provided with Integrated Security System ( ISS ) at an initial cost of Rs. 39,50,000/-.   In Salem Division, 5 stations have been identified for providing CCTV systems at an estimated cost of Rs. 3.5 crores under NIRBHAYA Scheme and the work is under progress. The provision of state of the art communication systems has provided a new dimension for surveillance on real time basis and dealing with criminals to prevent crime in Railway premises.

RPF, Salem Division has also been doing commendable work by extending special concern towards senior citizens, infirm, differently abled, women and children in rendering timely assistance.  We have also been in forefront in rescuing runaway children and providing care and protection to them. “Child Help Desks” have been established in Salem and Coimbatore and during the year 2019 (Upto August) 335 children have been rescued. The twitter handle and Security Helpline No. 182 is functional round the clock providing security related assistance to passengers in distress. A total of 57 complaints have been promptly dealt in 2019.
Untoward incidents such as falling from trains, run over of persons have cast a shadow on the Division. In order to prevent the loss of precious life and limb, the RPF has launched awareness programmes at all important and major stations for safe travel in trains. Innovative steps have been taken to identify educational institutions adjacent to rail tracks and to visit such institutions to conduct awareness programmes. Further, relentless drives have been conducted to prevent foot board travelling in trains. During this year, 161 persons have been prosecuted and a fine amount of Rs.80,000/- has been realized in regard to the same.
RPF, Salem Division has been actively involved in the Swachch Bharat Abhiyan. In its bid to make Railway Premises litter free,  defaulters found littering in Railway premises are penalized under the provisions of Indian Railways ( Penalties for activities affecting  cleanliness of Railways ) Rules – 2012. During 2019 upto August, 3912 defaulters have been penalized and a fine amount of Rs.10,44,700/- has been realized. 
RPF of Salem Division use the latest technology in detecting the criminals involved in ToPB. The travelling passengers have great expectations from RPF and RPF should come up to their expectations. DRM has advised that the Members of the force should respond to the new challenges with renewed vigour and determination and set high standards of excellence in work. RPF will surge ahead and display high degree of professionalism to ensure that every Railway passenger feels safe and secure while travelling in Indian Railways.