Under Operation ‘Nanhe Faristey’ the Railway Protection Force (RPF) plays an important role in reuniting the children lost/separated due to several reasons from their family.
About Operation Nanhe Faristey
- It was launched on Indian Railways and under this drive Children in need of care & protection who came in contact with Indian Railways were rescued and handed over to concerned authorities before being restored to their families.
Key facts about the Railway Protection Force
- The history of the RPF dates back to 1882 when various Railway companies appointed their own guards for protection of Railway property.
- It was declared as statutory force in the year 1957 by an enactment of Parliament and subsequently declared as an armed force of the Union of India in the year 1985.
- In 2003, the RPF partially took up the duties of escorting passenger trains and access control at the railway stations”.
- It is led by a director-general.
- It is an armed force under the operational and administrative control of the Union Ministry of Railways.
- It is tasked with protecting and securing railway property, the passenger areas, and the passengers themselves.
Q1) What is Government Railway Police ?
It is a part of the district police force, reporting to the state government. It works alongside the RPF, and should, under ideal circumstances, complement and strengthen its operations.