The Railway Protection Force (RPF) Training Centre at Khajamalai in Tiruchi crossed a new milestone on Saturday with the first batch of 116 sub-inspector cadets passing out of its portals after a year-long training.

This was the first time the training centre has trained a batch of sub-inspector recruits. The centre has trained 81 batches comprising about 47,000 constable recruits since its inception in 1956. The SI recruits underwent various training capsules such as intensive physical drill, weapon handling, including operation of AK-47 rifles, organised through the Tamil Nadu Special Police, crime prevention, investigation and prosecution, disaster management, jungle camps, riot drill, mob dispersal and computer operations. Thirty-four cadets have passed the rigorous test for deputation to the Special Protection Group (SPG).

Commending the cadets and the training centre, Ranjit Sinha, Director General, RPF, who took the salute at a colourful passing out parade, observed that the responsibilities of the RPF were increasing. “You are passing out at a time when the country is facing a challenging security environment. The Railways is a soft target, and it shall be our endeavour to thwart any attack on it. You have a big responsibility of providing effective security to passengers and the Railway property. The training provided here will help you to face the challenges,” Mr. Sinha said.

G.M.P. Reddy, Inspector General and Chief Security Commissioner, RPF, Southern Railway, said that this was the 50th batch of SI cadets of the RPF to pass out from the institution. With this, about 1,000 SI recruits were completing their training in four institutions, including the Tiruchi RPF Training Centre, across the country. The 116 SI cadets were from North Eastern Railway, East Central Railway and Northern Railway.

Mr. Sinha presented medals to the award winning SI cadets: Naveen Kumar - Parade Commander; Nitin Kumar - Second-in-Command; Ramesh Chander Joshi - Outdoor Best; Shishir Kumar - Indoor Best; and Sushil Kumar Pathak – All-round Best.

S. Subramhanyan, Divisional Railway Manager; P.C. Sinha, Deputy Chief Security Commissioner, RPF, SR; R.P. Pawar, Senior Commandant-cum- Principal, RPF Training Centre, Tiruchi; and other senior officials were present.

Later, Mr. Sinha inaugurated various new/renovated buildings at the centre, including a computer laboratory, committee room, training block, model room, sub-ordinate officers’ barrack and tennis court.