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RPF to undergo commando training

February 19, 2009 17:57 IST
Amid heightened threat perceptions, the Indian Railways have decided large-scale commando training for their Railway Protection Force personnel apart from standardising and upgrading zonal RPF training centres and installing 'integrated security system' in the four metro cities.

In two years, five zonal training centres of the RPF will be upgraded and equipped with modern devices to train the personnel to thwart terror attacks, Minister of State for Railways R Velu said in the Lok Sabha on Thursday.

He said proposals have also come for creation of three more battalions of the RPF. In a written reply, Velu said slots have been sought in reputed training institutes of other para-military forces for the commando training of the RPF personnel.

Railways have also released Rs 14 crore for procurement of vehicles for RPF for improved mobility of the force, he added.

The five zonal RPF training institutes identified for upgrade are in Kharagpur, Kimber Garden in Southern Railway, Bandikui in North-Western Railway, Rajahi Camp in Gorakhour and Mokama in East Central Railway.

Velu also mentioned that Jagjivan Ram Railway Protection Force Academy in Lucknow has been granted central training institute status.

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