New Delhi: In a bid to check the escalating offences in the moving trains and at the railway stations, the Centre has decided to make amendment to the Railway Protection Force (RPF) Act. For this, the Union Home Ministry is giving final touches to the Cabinet note.

As per the amended act, RPF Sub Inspector will enjoy an equal power to that of Station House Officer (SHO). They will be empowered to file First Information Report (FIR) against the accused.

Under the RPF Act, 1973, the RPF had been entrusted with the task of providing security to the moving trains and railway stations. But, RPF was not empowered to file cases against the accused in any offence.

The Government Railway Police (GRP) has been constituted for filing cases against the accused.

It is worth mentioning that GRP is functioning under the state government. It gets 50 percent subsidy from the Central government. Therefore, both the Centre and states are at loggerhead over the investigation of offences.

The RPF has been demanding more powers. The long discussion was held in this regard during the national conference of the Director Generals of police in 2009. Thereafter, the Home Ministry agreed to make amendment to the RPF Act. For this, the Home Ministry had sought suggestions from the Railway Ministry and the RPF.

A senior Home Ministry official said, “The Railway has given its nod on the Amendment to the RPF Act upon which the Home Ministry is preparing a Cabinet note.”

Once the Union Cabinet gives its consent, the same will be introduced in the Parliament.

(JPN/Bureau)