Bill to empower RPF to be introduced in Parliament

The government will introduce a bill in the Winter Session of Parliament which seeks to make the paramilitary force the sole body responsible for passenger security.

Updated: Nov 17, 2011, 12:02 PM IST

New Delhi: With an aim of empowering the
Railway Protection Force, the government will introduce a bill
in the Winter Session of Parliament which seeks to make the
paramilitary force the sole body responsible for passenger
security.

Besides empowering the RPF, the Bill also aims to
eliminate multiplicity of authorities at railway premises.

The Railway Protection Force (Amendment) Bill, 2011,
seeks withdrawal of Government Railway Police from railway
premises and empowering the RPF to deal with crime cases
including drugging and robberies in trains and stations.

The bill aims to equip a paramilitary force with policing
powers, a first in the country.

"The draft of the Bill is being finalised in consultation
with various ministries including Law, Finance and Home," the
official said.

The draft would be sent to the Cabinet for its approval
before being introduced in Parliament.

Cases of drugging and theft of passengers` belongings at
railway premises are regularly reported.

Currently, the GRP under the state government is
responsible for dealing with crime at stations and trains
while the RPF`s role is restricted to protecting railway
properties.

Since the GRP is controlled by the state government,
there are boundary issues. "If a theft takes place in a
Delhi-bound train in Bihar, then FIR will not be registered in
Delhi," the official said, adding "It will be registered where
the crime has taken place. It not only creates inconvenience
to passengers but also affects the investigation process."

Once the law is enacted giving the RPF policing power,
then GRP will be withdrawn from Railway premises across the
country.

RPF will be responsible for registering FIR and there
will be no boundary issue involved.

However, according to the provisions of the Bill, RPF
will not be responsible for law and order problems and its
policing powers will be restricted to railway premises.

The official said the proposed bill has received
in-principle clearance from the Home and Law ministries.

PTI