Under Operation ‘Nanhe Farishtey’, the Railway Protection Force (RPF) plays an important role in reuniting the children lost/separated due to several reasons from their family.
About Operation Nanhe Farishtey:
It was launched on Indian Railways, and under this drive, Children in need of care & protection who came into contact with Indian Railways were rescued and handed over to concerned authorities before being restored to their families.
Key facts about the Railway Protection Force
The history of the RPF dates back to 1882, when various Railway companies appointed their own guards for protection of Railway property.
It was declared a statutory force in 1957by an enactment of Parliament and subsequently declared as an armed force of the Union of India in the year 1985.
In 2003, the RPF partially took up the duties of escorting passenger trains and access control at the railway stations”.
It is led by a director-general.
It is an armed force under the operational and administrative control of the Union Ministry of Railways.
It is tasked with protecting and securing railway property, the passenger areas, and the passengers themselves.