Railway Protection Force (RPF) personnel of Waltair Division celebrated the conclusion of 37th RPF Raising Day today (25.09.2021). A parade was held at the Senior Divisional Security Commissioner’s office campus here in which the RPF Senior Divisional Security Commissioner, Waltair, Shri Ch. Raghuvir took the salute and highlighted the achievements of the force. Divisional Railway Manager Shri Anup Satpathy was the chief guest of the occasion. RPF Raising day is being observed every year on the 20th of September, the day on which the Railway Protection Force was elevated as an Armed Force of the Union. RPF was established as an armed force of the union by amending the Railway Protection Force Act 20 September 1985. A week-long programme is being organized in Waltair Division to mark the RPF Raising Day by conducting blood donation camp, tree plantation, organizing public awareness programmes etc. During the function, Five RPF personnel were honored by issuing them with ‘certificate of commendation’ for their excellent work done in 2021. A brief presentation on achievement and accomplishments of RPF was given by the Senior Divisional Security Commissioner. The various initiatives taken by RPF for curbing the illegal activities, protection of railway assets, security enhancement and ensuring safety of the travelling public were highlighted. Sr.DSC Shri Raghuvir said that RPF is one of the best protection forces in India and besides the core duty, RPF has gone beyond their ambit to help passengers in need and returned lost luggage, valuable articles such as mobile phones, laptops, jewellery, cash etc of passengers on various occasions. He commended the RPF personnel for their exemplary work in serving the nation. Divisional Railway Manager Shri Anup Satpathy congratulating the RPF personnel, said that RPF turned into vital security services in serving the rail users, passengers, veterans, curbing the crimes at stations, trains, railway colonies and other railway premises. It has done commendable work in checking the illicit trafficking, missing child tracing apart from intensive public awareness campaigns to create awareness among the public on tress passing, untoward incidents etc. DRM appealed the media to propagate the message to reach the public that tress passing the railway track is crime and everyone should be alert while crossing track at designated places. The public should support the Railways and RPF in controlling the illegal activities to serve them better.