HC notice to Railway on sanction of RPF posts



Mumbai: The Bombay High Court today issued a notice to Railway Board, New Delhi, asking it what decision it has taken on a proposal sent by the Central Railway, seeking sanction of over 2,600 additional posts for the Railway Protection Force (RPF).

A division bench of Chief Justice Mohit Shah and Justice Ranjana Desai was hearing a suo-moto (on their own) PIL, based on a newspaper report which alleged that the Government Railway Police (GRP) had refused to register the complaint of a 25-year-old woman, who was molested in a local train in the wee hours of June 19.

An affidavit filed by Anil Sharma, Inspector General and Security Commissioner of RPF, stated that a proposal for creation of 2,638 posts was forwarded to the Railway Board in September 2010 is still pending. The board had sanctioned only 225 posts.

"The proposal for 2,638 posts includes 1,632 posts for Mumbai division which would look after security of lady commuters in trains. At present 1,185 posts are lying vacant in RPF for which recruitment is on," the affidavit said.

The bench, while issuing notice to the railway board, has sought its reply on the pending proposal by September 16.

The court has also directed both RPF and GRP to advertise their helpline numbers not only in compartments but also in newspapers and channels.

According to the affidavit filed by deputy secretary S R Chavan of Home department, 232 policemen are deployed in the ladies compartment in the night for security and an additional 100 officials are required to be recruited.

PTI