Indian Railways will soon provide 50 per cent reservation to women in the recruitment of Railway Protection Force (RPF).
The announcement was made Union Minister of Railways Piyush Goyal on August 12, 2018 while inaugurating various rail projects in Patna, Bihar. The decision is a part of a major bid to increase the employment of women in Indian Railways.
• The Railways has decided to provide 50 per cent reservation to women in the upcoming RPF recruitment process, which will involve recruitment of around 9500-10000 RPF jawans.
• In total, about 10,000 jobs are expected to be created in the RPF. The recruitment for the same is expected to begin soon.
• The recruitment process will reportedly be fully computerised, based on a computer test, to maintain transparency. The Ministry will not be conducting interviews.
• Besides, the Railway Ministry has decided to install CCTV cameras at 6000 stations and important trains.
The announcement comes days after an all-women staff goods train was flagged off from Deen Daal Upadhyay Station. The railway station was recently renamed. Formerly, it was known as Mughalsarai Junction.
The Railway Protection Force (RPF) is a security force of India, which is entrusted with the responsibility of protecting railway passengers, passenger area and railway property of the Indian Railways.
The force, which was introduced for the first time in the central act of 1957, has as many as 70,000 people working with it, making it one of the biggest workforces in the country.
It comes under the authority of the Ministry of Railways and has the power to arrest, investigate and prosecute criminals.
Key Responsibilities of RPF
• Protecting railway passengers, passenger area and railway property.
• Facilitating passenger-travel and security by removing all anti-social elements from trains, railway premises and passenger area.
• Being vigilant to prevent trafficking of women and children and take appropriate action to rehabilitate destitute children found in Railway areas.
• Co-operate with other departments of the Railways in improving the efficiency and image of the Indian Railways.
• Act as a bridge between the Government Railway Police/local police and the Railway administration.
• Proactively adopt all modern technology, best human rights practices, management techniques and special measures for the protection of female and elderly passengers and children.
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