15 October 2019
Bhubaneswar: A state-level Railway Protection Force meet, chaired by Director-General of Police (DGP), Odisha, BK Sharma was held at the office of the Police Commissionerate here on Tuesday.
Pranabindu Acharya, ADG (Railways), Sunil Roy, Special DG (Intelligence), Cuttack SP (Railways), Rourkela SP (Railways), Joint Director of Intelligence Bureau were also reported to be present at the meeting.
Apprising regarding the meet, DGP Sharma said, “The State-run Government Railway Police (GRP) and the centre-run Railway Protection Force (RPF) have always worked together for the betterment of State Railways. We regularly hold meetings to strengthen our coordination. This was second such meet.”
“Passengers’ security and safety is our prime concern. We discussed ways to coordinate and investigate illegal activities. It is a continuous process and we are working on improving the synergy.”
“Antecedent verification of the vendors and hawkers will be undertaken to weed out any unauthorized traders. They will be given identity cards following successful completion of verification.”
“For additional security, all railway stations will soon have 100% CCTV coverage. Several large stations still do not have it. Attempts will be made to resolve this issue. Several stations lack proper lighting. High mast lights will be installed with regular announcements to improve awareness amongst passengers on topics like keeping their belongings safe, not accepting food from strangers among others.”
“Safety is a major concern for the Left Wing Extremism (LWE) affected districts in Odisha. Special security measures will be implemented for Railways’ presence in these areas. We will follow NIA’s lead in handling threats of any kind to the Railways. GRP and RPF will work together for the maintenance of security and safety.”
Talking about Railways’ Composite Railway Protection Plan, he said, “We discussed in length regarding maintenance of security for railway tracks, platform, bogeys, colony, and other nearby areas. Enhanced security with route rotation when and if required was also discussed.”
Speaking to media, ADG (Railways) Acharya said, “The prime agendas of the meet were management of security of railway passengers, security of railway property with special focus on women and child, prevention of extremist activities and in general handling of law and order situation in the Railways.”
“All Railway stations must obtain fire safety certificates after a successful audit of fire safety measures by the Fire Department. There are several non-functional baggage scanners. It will be made sure that they are in working mode and the stations which lack them will have the scanners installed very soon.”
“Government of India has earmarked sensitive stations across the nation, out of which five are in Odisha. An internal security scheme will be implemented here to improve the internal security scenario,” concluded ADG (Railways) Acharya.