Tiruchirapalli

Panel to suggest plan of action for revamping RPF Intelligence

A high-level committee has been constituted by the Director General of Railway Protection Force (RPF) to suggest an action plan for revamping the intelligence wing at the national level.

A three-member panel comprising senior RPF officers, including one from the Southern Railway zone, has been formed to assess the functioning of the RPF and its intelligence wing. The RPF is vested with the responsibility of providing safety to passengers and guarding passenger areas and railway property.

The committee was formed in the wake of a conference attended by Principal Chief Security Commissioners of RPF from various zones in late November. One of the issues taken up at the meeting was strengthening the Special Intelligence Bureau (SIB) of the RPF. It was also pointed out that infrastructure and resources available for the field-level RPF intelligence personnel were not satisfactory.

The mandated task of the SIB is to forewarn the railway administration on activities that could adversely affect its functioning, besides collection of special intelligence. The SIB functions in every railway divisional headquarters and reports directly to the RPF Principal Chief Security Commissioner of the respective railway zone.

Talent scouting

RPF sources said the communication from the top brass on revamping the intelligence setup came a few days ago. The nominated members of the top-level committee would visit the zonal railways and conduct talent scouting.

During their visit to the zonal railways, the committee members would assess the infrastructure availability of the Special Intelligence Branch such as offices, modern gadgets, vehicles and other resources such as imprest. The panel would also try to map the zonal culture of the SIB, the sources said.

During the course of talent scouting, the committee would evaluate the aptitude and skills of RPF personnel attached to the SIB, besides those personnel who had expressed willingness to serve in the Special Intelligence Branch and those who had been trained by the Intelligence Bureau.

The Principal Chief Security Commissioner heading the respective railway zone had been asked to provide all assistance to the panel members and ensure availability of RPF for talent scouting.

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