Over 700 women recruits of Railways Protection Force (RPF) are going to be trained as constables soon at a training ground in Tiruchi. The massive training will ensure induction of women as constables in the force. Tiruchi will now be one of the training centres for RPF in the country as earlier it had a training centre at Khajamalai only which came under the Southern Railway Zone.

The new training centre will train RPF along with the Railway Protection Special Force V Battalion’s women recruits in total. The RPF has recruited over 6000 new constables across the country of which 2900 are women. The 700 women recruits that are going to be trained at Tiruchi training centre comprise of 400 women constables from RPF authorities from New Delhi and 300 other trainees at the Railway Protection Special Force V Battalion campus.

The training module of these constables cover a variety of aspects devised by the RPF authorities in New Delhi ensuring inclusion of the latest developments and amendments in Acts ahead of the commencement of the eight-month training programme for the recruits. The Tiruchi centre is getting the mandatory paraphernalia and facilities before the commencement of the exercise with over Rs 75 lakh funds granted by the railway administration, said a senior RPF officer, The Hindu reported.

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While a total of 50 trainers will be brought in to teach the new crop of women constables, 50% of them or 25 trainers will be women. The instructors have attended the orientation at the RPF Training Centre at Gorakhpur in Uttar Pradesh and at the RPF Training Academy in Lucknow. The training will begin in August, the senior RPF officer stated.

The training schedule will require daily practice for eight months including indoor and outdoor sessions. The outdoor sessions would feature physical training, parade and handling different types of weapons such as the Self Loading Rifle, 9mm pistol, carbine, INSAS and AK-47 assault rifles besides firing exercise. Women trainee constables will also learn to handle security-related gadgets such as X-ray baggage scanners and surveillance cameras-based CCTV system in place at railway stations.

The training module of these constables cover a variety of aspects devised by the RPF authorities in New Delhi ensuring inclusion of the latest developments and amendments in Acts ahead of the commencement of the eight-month training programme for the recruits.

On the other hand, in indoor classes, they will be taught to deal with railway working system, crime on railways, psychology, disaster management, fire fighting, about IED explosives and its types, Human Rights, The Railway Act and the Railway Property Unlawful Possession Act, relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code and the Code of Criminal Procedure among others, said the officer. They will also have to participate in yoga and meditation classes.

After the completion of the training, the women constables will also have sessions to learn field -level training for two months after being attached to RPF Posts across the Southern Railway Zone.

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