Emphasising that safety is accorded the highest priority by Indian Railways, Railway Minister Dinesh Trivedi has said the Railway Protection Force (RPF) is being modernized with induction of latest equipments and induction of requisite manpower.
Addressing the Consultative Committee meeting of Members of Parliament for Ministry of Railways here recently, Trivedi said: “It is our endeavour to improve security environment of Indian Railways. In this direction, Railways are moving to further strengthen the RPF for protection and security of Railway passenger and property.
“Railways are also moving in for amendment in the RPF Act, 1957 to empower RPF to deal with passenger security,” he added.
Highlighting that the security environment poses challenges to the Railways, Trivedi said: “With the instances of ‘bundh’, ‘dharna’ ‘agitation’ and militant activities affecting the Railways on the rise, the Railways have to increasingly depend upon the State Police Authorities for help.”
He further emphasized that the Ministry of Railways and the elected representatives will have to work as a team to achieve desired results for the betterment of Indian Railways.
He also said that he would soon be visiting various State capitals along with the Railway Board Members to discuss various Railway proposals with the respective Chief Ministers and the local MPs.
Urging the members of the Committee to give their suggestions not only during the meetings but also in between all possible opportunities, Trivedi said: “The Committee can enrich the Railways by their active participation of its members.”
Meanwhile, the members participating in the Consultative Committee meeting emphasized on the need of providing improved passenger amenities, clean linen, clean coaches and stations and improved punctuality.
Some also suggested improvements in the catering services specially the hygiene and quality of food. Some Members also requested for expediting the work of various pending projects on doubling, gauge conversion and foot over bridge andoad over bridges. (ANI)