MSF to be deployed at railway station, DRM office, hospital

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 11 Jan 2018 08:35:59


By Dheeraj Fartode,

CR’s Nagpur Division seeks two platoons of MSF to assist RPF

Security wing of Nagpur Division of Central Railway has moved a proposal seeking deployment of two platoons of Maharashtra Security Force (MSF) to secure its installations. They would provide better protection and security at the places that are non-core and lessen the burden of Railway Protection Force (RPF), informed Senior Divisional Security Commandant (Sr. DSC) Jyotikumar Satija.

Satija informed ‘The Hitavada’ that the proposal has got the move vetted by Divisional Railway Manager (DRM) and going to forward the same to Headquarters, to Chief Security Commissioner for the approval. Railway Protection Force (RPF) of the division has 557 sanctioned strength but also has 34 vacancies. The strength was drawn-up years ago. Since then there has been substantial increase in number of trains and duties for RPF.

At Nagpur Railway Station, the busiest in division, daily about 30 to 35,000 travellers criss-cross through it and the area to has increased substantially which is testing the RPF to the fullest. Also RPF is also expected to spare hands for escort duty which leaves its away from its prime duty that of securing the assets and ensuring security of the establishments.

Hence the division has sought 60 personnel of the Maharashtra Security Force (MSF) for initial deployment.
Earlier, Home Guards were deployed at the non-core areas of railway station. But their services were discontinued a year ago as the performance was below par. The security guards will be deployed at DRM office, Hospital, Ajni Loco Shed and non-core areas of Railway Stations. All these places are important installations and deployment of private guards was not that useful.

As per Section 15(1) of the Maharashtra State Security Corporation (MSSC) Act, the State Government offices, Organisations and Public sector undertakings are mandated to take security from MSSC. The MSSC security guards have police powers, including power of arrest and to use weapons in discharge of their duties. The personnel for the MSSC are selected through a rigorous process and trained by best of the trainers at Maharashtra State Police facilities.

The men are known for following strict discipline as they recruited, trained and supervised by in service Indian Police Service (IPS) officers.

MSSC has been established vide Maharashtra State Security Corporation Act in year 2010. As per the mandate of the act, MSSC has raised a security force - MSF. This well trained Force is actively engaged in providing security and protection to various institutions and organisations spread all over Maharashtra.