Zonal Training Centre for RPF Sniffer Dogs near Coimbatore to be converted into a national centre
TIRUCHI: Infrastructure facilities at the 13 Railway Protection Force (RPF) training centres across the country will be augmented utilising Rs.50 crore sanctioned by the Railway Board, Director, RPF, New Delhi, S.N. Pandey, said on Monday.
The funds would also be utilised to install a firing simulator at each RPF Training Centre to enable trainees to familiarise themselves with using different types of arms through simulation before they set out for real firing practices at the shooting range, Mr. Pandey told reporters here.
In the current security scenario, the RPF has decided to upgrade its quality of arms, he said, adding that the force had placed intent for the AK-47 assault rifles. The RPF would get about 3,000 AK-47 rifles in the near future which would be distributed among railway zones and divisions.
The Railway Board had sanctioned Rs.69 crore for purchase of security-related equipment for the RPF, including night vision gadgets, dragon search lights, door frame metal detectors and walkie-talkie sets. As a one time allocation separately, the Railway Ministry had allocated Rs.349 crore for the implementation of the Integrated Security Scheme to step up security and surveillance in 195 railway stations in the first phase.
Installation of Closed Circuit Television System and baggage scanners in the identified railway stations, procurement of automatic vehicle scanners and bomb detection and disposal equipment for the selected stations form part of the scheme.
Mr. Pandey said the existing Zonal Training Centre for RPF Sniffer Dogs at Podanur near Coimbatore would be converted as a National Training Centre for RPF Sniffer Dogs by augmenting infrastructure facilities at the establishment. Nearly Rs.5 crore had been sanctioned to accommodate 50 sniffer dogs from the existing 10 at the training centre.
“We are in the process of raising commando companies in the 12 Railway Protection Special Force battalions across the country,” he said.
Mr. Pandey visited the RPF Zonal Training Centre here and made a presentation on the prevailing security scenario, role of RPF and the future plans to tackle challenges to the direct Sub-Inspector recruits undergoing training at the centre. Senior Security Commissioner and Principal, RPF Zonal Training Centre, Tiruchi R.P. Pawar, was present on the occasion.