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Railway Protection Force (RPF) – Key Roles & Responsibilities, Units, Powers, and Grade & Salary in 2021

Railway Protection Force (RPF)

Railway Protection Force (RPF)

The Railway Protection Force (RPF) is a privacy/safety force, established by the Railway Protection Force Act, 1957 in India; enacted by the Indian Parliament for “the better protection/privacy and security of the railway property and the passenger areas”.  

The Railway Protection Force (RPF) has the power to search, arrest, investigate and prosecute offences/offenders carry out under Railway Property (Unlawful Possession) Act 1966, The Railways Act,1989. However, the power to arrests under other penal laws rests in the hands of the Government Railway Police (GoRP). The power is under the jurisdiction of the Indian Ministry of Railways (IMoR). It got renamed afterwards as (IRPFS) Indian Railway Protection Force Service. 

Railway Protection Force (RPF) – Roles & Responsibility

The Railway Protection Force (RPF), ensure the security of passengers and the properties of the Indian Railways. 

The functions of the force are as follows: 

 Objectives

Railway Protection Force Powers 

The following competence is conferred upon the force to enable them to discharge their duties smoothly: 

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Units under Railway Protection Force (RPF) 

Railway Protection Force – Grade and Salary 

The Railway Protection Force (RPF)  is headed by an IPS officer of the rank of Director-General (DG). The Director-General (DG) is assisted by various officers selected through the UPSC exam.  

Railway Protection Force (RPF) pay scale and seniority list are as follows:   

Below table give information on Grade and Pascale  

Rank

Designation

Pay Level (Basic Pay)

Director-General(DG) Director – General (DG) Rs.225000 
Additional Director General (ADG) Additional Director
General (ADG) 
Rs.205400 
Inspector General (IG) Principal Chief Security
Commissioner (PCSC) 
Rs.144200 
Deputy Inspector General (DIG) Director of RPF Academy/
Chief Security
Commissioner (CSC) 
Rs.131100 
Senior Commandant (SC) Deputy Chief Security
Commissioner/
Senior Divisional Security (SDS) 

Commissioner/Divisional Security Commissioner (DSC) 

Rs. 78800 
Commandant Commanding Officer/
Staff Officer/
Security Commissioner 
Rs. 67700 
Assistant Commandant Assistant Security
Commissioner 
Rs. 56100 

The salary-structure of the Railway Protection Force (RPF) posts has been updated in recent years, and apart from the pay, now, officers also get various facilities as per their rank, such as: 

The type of accommodation and other perks depends on the position of the incumbent in the RPF officer’s seniority list.  

Summary/Overview

The Railway Protection Force (RPF) is a security/privacy force, established by the Railway Protection Force Act, 1957 in India; enacted by the Indian Parliament for “the better protection/privacy and security of the railway property and the passenger areas”. 

The Railway Protection Force (RPF) has the power to search, arrest, investigate and prosecute offences/offenders carry out under Railway Property (Unlawful Possession) Act 1966, The Railways Act,1989. However, the power to arrests under other penal laws rests in the hands of the Government Railway Police (GoRP). The power is under the jurisdiction of the Indian Ministry of Railways (IMoR). It got renamed afterwards as (IRPFS) Indian Railway Protection Force Service. 

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