RPF celebrates 38th Rising Day: Railway Protection Force (RPF) celebrated its 38th Raising Day on September 20, 2022.
- A parade was organized as a part of the celebrations for the first time at the central level at Jag Jeewan Ram RPF Academy in Lucknow.
- The Union Minister of State for Railways & Textiles, Darshana Vikram Jardosh graced the occasion as the Chief Guest and took the salute of the parade.
- She inaugurated and hoisted a 100 feet high monumental national flag at the academy campus.
- She also unveiled the installation of a railway coach with engine for train intervention training.
- She inaugurated the renovated main hall of the academy too.
- A 100 feet high Monumental National Flag was inaugurated and hoisted at the event.
- The minister presented the ‘President’s Police Medal for Distinguished Service’, ‘Indian Police Medal for Meritorious Service’, ‘Sarvottam Jeevan Raksha Padak’, ‘Uttam JeevanRaksha Padak’ and ‘Jeevan Raksha Padak’ to 23 RPF personnel, including award of Sarwottam Jeewan Raksha Padak posthumously to Late Gyan Chand, Head Constable RPF NCR.
- Over the years, it was felt that the force needed to be given the status of “An Armed Force of the Union" and finally the status was bestowed upon the force on 20th September 1985 by amending the RPF Act by the Parliament.
- As a result, 20th September is celebrated every year as the Raising Day of RPF by members of the force and their families.
- The Railway Protection Force (RPF) was constituted by an Act of Parliament in 1957 for providing security to Railway property.
- Subsequently, the force was empowered to enquire, arrest and prosecute the offenders involved in unlawful possession of railway property in 1966.