RPF Raising day is being observed every year on the 20th of September, the day on which the Railway Protection Force was elevated as an Armed Force of the Union. RPF was established as an armed force of the union by amending the Railway Protection Force Act 20 September 1985. This year, RPF wing of Southern Railway celebrated the 36th Raising Day at RPF Parade Grounds, Ayanavaram Chennai yesterday (20th September, 2021). Shri Birendra Kumar, Principal Chief Security Commissioner of Southern Railway presided over the function and distributed awards to meritorious RPF personnel. A colourful parade was organized by the RPF contingent.
In commemoration of 36th Raising Day, a host of events were organized throughout the zone by the Security wing. A Blood Donation Camp was held at Railway Hospital Perambur in which 20 RPF personnel donated blood. Tree Plantation and Cleanliness drives were organized at Chennai, Madurai and Tiruchchirappalli divisions. A Seminar was held on the role of RPF in rescue and rehabilitation of abandoned children in Madurai. Further, various special campaigns are planned during the week from 20th to 26th September, 2021 focusing on creating public awareness on safe rail travel.
The performance highlights of RPF department of Southern Railway during the year 2021 (upto August) are given below:
1.In 1093 instances, Rs.1,90 crore has been retrieved from left over passengers’ baggage and secured to the rightful owners.
2.In 384 occasions, Rs.61.76 worth liquor bottles were seized and 122 persons were apprehended in this connection.
3.In 84 occasions, Contraband goods weighing 803 Kg valued Rs.4.33 Crore was seized and 53 persons were held
4.Significantly, in association with Child line, 588 children (497 boys and 91 girls) were rescued
5.Under Railway Property (Unlawful Possession) Act, 1966, 147 cases were detected and 268 persons were held. Rs.10.8 lakh worth stolen property was seized.
6.During the first wave of Corona Pandemic, RPF personnel of Southern Railway escorted 115 Shramik Special trains.
7.486 RPF personnel had provided escort for 230nos.of Oxygen Special trains.
8.Seizureofunaccountedcash-In25instancesamountRs.4,97,10,530/ along with arrest of 31persons.
9.Seizure of unaccountedgold/silver– In 16 occasions 63 Kgs., worth Rs.36.32 Cr with arrest of 26persons.
10. Seizureofunaccountedcash-In25instancesamountRs.4.97 Cr along with arrest of 31persons.
The year 2021 will be etched in the history of Southern Railway RPF with many RPF personnel bagging prestigious President’s Medal for outstanding service. on the occasion of Republic Day 2021, Jeevan Raksha Pathak was awarded to Sri.S.V.Jose, Constable by the Hon'ble President of India. Further, 6 RPF personnel bagged Utkrisht Sewa Pathak, one RPF personnel bagged Athi Utkrisht Sewa Pathak and 6 personnel were awarded with DG’s Insignia and Commendation Certificate during the year.