Operation Nanhe Faristey

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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.

Source: During September 2023, RPF rescued 895 Children (Boys-573 & Girl-322) under Operation ‘Nanhe Faristey’