Referring to the involvement of multiple agencies in providing railway security, he said with GRP, RPF and state police involved in securing rail premises, there is a need for achieving "seamless security".

"I have written to all the chief ministers to take up the issue for providing seamless security. We have to address the issue," Prabhu said at a conference here on railway security.     

"GRP, RPF and state police are three different organisations. While state police will remain with the states, at least GRP and RPF, with the amendment of the law, can be made to ensure seamless policing," he said.

The proposed amendment to the RPF Act, 1957, aims to empower the force to lodge FIRs for crimes committed at railway stations and on trains.

However, the proposed move is being opposed by many states as they feel it is against the federal framework since it would take away from their role in maintaining law and order.

Law and order is a state subject in the federal structure and Prabhu said, "That is why I have written to all chief ministers seeking their consent. We need an amendment to the law to lodge FIR on running trains."

Expressing concern over crime on rail premises, particularly involving women passengers, he said security personnel need to be sensitised about crimes against women.
Policing in railways is a "difficult task" and there is a need for "better policing" on the public transporter, Prabhu said at the conference which was attended by senior railway officials and state police officials from across the country.

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