29 April 2016 Current Affairs: The Railway Protection Force (RPF) has undertaken dynamic safety measures to come up to the expectations of the passengers which includes a shortcut security code-aided helpline Number 182, Operation Smile to rescue missing children, a security app on mobile phones and a whistle alert scheme in ladies’ coach. These measures can alert the RPF resulting in swift and prompt action.
“From round-the-clock accessible helplines, fine-tuning of measures of response to emergencies to installation of technology-enabled modes of multi-screening, surveillance and security systems, the Railway is increasingly adopting all-out measures to contain and mitigate crimes on its premises,” said a senior railway official.
Stepping up of security measures for the travelling public is one of the high-priority areas of the Indian Railways. During the year 2015, RPF has dealt with more than 20 lakh cases relating to anti-social elements. It also claimed to rescue more than 7,000 lost or abandoned children from trains and stations premises across the country in 2015.
Currently, RPF escorts about 1,600 trains to control crime and ensure security of passengers, especially women, children and the elderly. According to RPF data, more than 20 lakh cases relating to anti-social elements were dealt by the force in 2015.
Training in soft and behavioural skills, human rights and gender sensitisation to RPF staff for better RPF-Passenger- Public interface is also in the process.
Meanwhile, senior IPS officer SK Bhagat has been appointed as Director General of RPF.