Indian Railway Board Current Affairs - 2020

RPF renamed as Indian Railways Protection Force Service; Railway prices hiked

The Railways Ministry has renamed Railway Protection Force (RPF) as Indian Railway Protection Force Service. The ministry has also accorded Group A status to RPF.

Railway Protection Force

The RPF was formed under the Railway Protection Force Act, 1957. Under the act, the RPF personnel have powers to search, arrest, investigate and prosecute. However, the ultimate power lies in the hands of Government Railway Police. RPF works under the control of Ministry of Railways.

History

The RPF was first formed in 1854 when the Railway construction was begun in India for the first time. However, it received its legal identity for the first time under Police act, 1861. In 1872, the Railway Police Committee recommended organization of Railway Police Force.

Government Railway Police (GRP)

These Police forces are different from that of the RPF. The GRP was established under Railway’s Act, 1989. The duties of GPF is same as that of District Police such as patrolling. But they hold their jurisdiction only on railway property. They observe law and order within the railway stations in the country. Also, the GRP examine empty train carriages, prevent overcrowding and control vehicle traffic inside the station premises.

Price Hikes

The Indian Railways has increased the train fares to 1p per km from January, 1, 2020 in non-suburban trains and non-air-conditioned trains. The fares have been hiked by 2p per km. The price hike was published by Indian Railway Conference Association.

First Trial run of Double Stack Train

On December 28, 2019, a trial run of the first freight train was conducted in the western dedicated freight corridor. The train was flagged off by Dedicated Freight Corporation India Limited (DFCIL).

Highlights

The train will be operated in the Rewari-Madar Section in Haryana and Rajasthan states. DFCIL is currently running freight trains at speed of 75 kilometre per hour. The speed is to be increased to 100 kilometre per hour.

The double stack train is currently run only in countries such as China, Brazil, Australia, Canada, USA, Russia, South Africa, Sweden and Norway.

Recently railways have been taking several steps towards modernization. Recently, there has been changes in the administration of railways as well.

Unification of existing Railway services

The Union Government has planned for the unification of eight services of Indian Railways from junior level to HAG+. The move was made on 27th December, 2019. Other administrative decisions are also being implemented based on the recommendations made by Prakash Tandon Committee (1994).