Railway Protection Force (RPF) celebrated its 38th Raising Day
The Railway Protection Force (RPF) celebrated its 38th Raising Day on 20th September 2022 by organizing a parade for the first time at the central level at Jag Jeewan Ram RPF Academy, Lucknow. For the first time in the history of the RPF, a National Level Parade has been organized outside of New Delhi. As such, the choice of the Jagjivan Ram RPF Academy in Lucknow – the Centralized Training Institute of the RPF and the alma mater of the officers recruited through the civil service examination – assumes significant significance.
Smt. Darshana Vikram Jardosh, Union Minister of State for Railways and Textiles, attended the parade as the Chief Guest. Shri Brij Lal, MP, Rajyasabha, senior officers of Central Armed Police Forces, State Police, various Government Departments, Railways and other dignitaries attended the program.
The Minister of State for Railways presented the ‘President’s Police Medal for Distinguished Service, ‘Indian Police Medal for Meritorious Service’, ‘Sarvottam Jeevan Raksha Padak’, ‘Uttam Jeevan Raksha Padak’ and ‘ Jeevan Raksha Padak’ to 23 RPF personnel, including the award of Sarwottam Jeewan Raksha Padak posthumously to Late Shri Gyan Chand, Head Constable RPF NCR who laid down his life at the altar of duty while saving a lady who had jumped in front of a moving train with intention to commit suicide. The force remembered Shri Gyan Chand with tearful eyes and chest swelling with pride.
An iconic national flag 100 feet high was inaugurated and hoisted by the Chief Guest on the Academy Campus. The Minister also inaugurated the renovated main hall of the Academy, which has now been air-conditioned. She also unveiled and dedicated the installation of a railway coach with an engine for train intervention training. To mark the occasion, the quarterly RPF e-magazine “Rail Sainik” was released with a special “Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav” issue.
The Minister of State for Railways praised the poise, turnout and march of the contingent. In her speech, she appreciated the role of RPF in ensuring safe travel for women passengers. She lavished praise on Meri Saheli teams for providing security to women travelling alone on long-distance trains. She outlined the prominent role of training and skill upgradation in improving the performance of any organization. She announced a sanction of Rs 55 Crores for enhancing training facilities in RPF.
Smt. Jardosh also announced the setting up of a skill up-gradation training centre on the premises of 3rd Battalion RPSF, Lucknow for the up-gradation of skills of family members of RPF personnel, especially ladies at the cost of Rs 3 crores. Further, she announced the construction of rest shelters cum mobilization halls for lady RPF train escorting personnel at 75 locations across the country.