Railway Protection Force (RPF) is one of the security forces of India. It is tasked with protecting property and passengers of the Indian Railways. It is the only Central Armed Police Force(CAPF) with powers similar to regular state police forces. The superior officers of this force are recruited through the Civil Services Examination. Railway Protection Force recruitment for subordinate officers is conducted through examinations conducted by the force itself. This article gives information about its functions, salary and career prospects.
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Railway Protection Force (RPF) – Roles and Responsibilities
The RPF, along with the Government Railway Police(GRP) ensure the security of passengers and property of the Indian Railways. The following are the functions of the force:
- Arrest and prosecute people who steal, damage or unlawfully possess railway property.
- Providing security cover to passenger trains in vulnerable areas.
- Providing services such as control of access to railway premises, general security and regulation of premises used by passengers.
- To ensure smooth movement of railway traffic by removing obstructions to train and passenger movement.
- Maintenance and enhancement of the RPF Security Management System.
- Preventing trafficking of women and children and help in the rehabilitation of destitute people who are found inside railway premises.
Railway Protection Force Powers
The following powers are conferred upon the force to enable them to smoothly discharge their duties:
- Power to investigate, prosecute and arrest persons engaged in activities which violate the Railways Act, 1890.
- Power to remove obstructions such as illegal constructions and encroachments which obstruct rail transport or passengers.
- Discretionary power to use non-lethal and lethal force based on the situation while discharging their duties.
Railway Protection Force (RPF) – Grade and Salary
The Railway Protection Force is headed by an IPS officer of the rank of Director-General. The DG is assisted by various officers selected through the UPSC exam. RPF pay scale and seniority list are as follows:
Below table give information on Grade and Payscale
|Rank||Designation||Pay Level (Basic Pay)|
|Additional Director General||Additional Director General||Rs.205400|
|Inspector General||Principal Chief Security Commissioner||Rs.144200|
|Deputy Inspector General||Director of RPF Academy/Chief Security Commissioner||Rs.131100|
|Senior Commandant||Deputy Chief Security Commissioner/Senior Divisional Security Commissioner/Divisional Security Commissioner||Rs. 78800|
|Commandant||Commanding Officer/Staff Officer/Security Commissioner||Rs. 67700|
|Assistant Commandant||Assistant Security Commissioner||Rs. 56100|
The salary structure of RPF posts has recently been updated as per the recommendations of the 7th pay commission. Apart from the pay, officers also get various facilities as per their rank such as:
- Government Accommodation
- Free Railway Passes in First Class for self and family up to 6 times a year
- Security Guard
- Concessional railway tickets for all classes of travel.
The type of accommodation and other perks depends on the position of the incumbent in the RPF officers seniority list. The officers who go on deputation to other departments get facilities as per the guidelines of the respective organisations.
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Units under Railway Protection Force (RPF)
- Breeding and Training Centre for Police Dogs
- Central Crime Bureau
- Central Weapons Store
- Indian Railway Protection Force Service
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