A proposal to amend the Railway Protection Force (RPF) Act, 1957, has been approved by the Ministry of Railways. The proposal seeks to achieve the objective of replacing the presently prevailing three tier security system of RPF, Government Railway Police (GRP) and District Police with a two tier security system of RPF and District Police over Railways. The Ministries of Home Affairs and Law & Justice have already approved the above proposal. Matter has been forwarded to the States for soliciting their opinion on the above proposal.
Security has been identified as one of the priority areas by Railways for strengthening and up-gradation. Efforts made to strengthen railway security in recent past include installation of an integrated Security System, procurement of modern security related equipment, setting up of All India Security Help Line, networking of RPF Posts and Security Control Rooms and strengthening of manpower etc.
This information was given by the Minister of State for Railways Shri Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury in written reply to a question in Lok Sabha today.