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Human Rights Basic Training Programme for Railway Protection Force Personnel

A special two-day Training of Trainers workshop was conducted on Human Rights sensitization and training for Senior officers of the Railway Protection Force (RPF) from the railway zones and master trainers drawn from 34 training centres across the country in New Delhi last week. The training workshop, organised by Security Directorate of Ministry of Railways was inaugurated by Hon’ble Justice K.G. Balakrishnan, Chairperson, NHRC (Former Chief Justice of India). While commending the RPF initiative, the Chairperson emphasized on the need to protect the basic rights of rail passengers and ensure a safe and secure environment on trains. He mentioned that the RPF was facing the challenging task of providing security to the Indian Railways which was one of the largest in the world. The Chairperson, NHRC, added that the basic course on human rights for the RPF constabulary was based on the course developed in collaboration with IGNOU for police personnel. He also mentioned that the NHRC would always extend full support to such sensitization programs for police and force personnel as it was essential that the constabulary which was at the cutting edge in dealing with the public should be sensitized on human rights.

Shri Krishna Chaudhary, IPS, Director General of RPF said on the occasion that TOT workshop was part of drive to ensure that over 16,000 newly recruited constables who were undergoing training in 34 centres across the country were aware of human rights concepts during their basic training itself. He added that the RPF personnel in service would also be given human rights training through refresher sources to ensure safe and secure rail travel for woman, children, elderly and infirm rail passengers.

Shri J.S. Kocher Joint Secretary Training and Research, Training outlined the objectives of the training workshop. Eminent resource persons such as Shri Chaman Lal, IPS (Retd), former DGP of Nagaland, Shri Amod K. Kanth, former Chairman of the Delhi Commission for Protection of Child Rights Commission, Officers of NHRC, Shri Viplav Kumar Chaudary, IPS, DIG(Investigation), Dr. Savita Bakhry, Joint Director (Researach), Dr. Sudharshan Jain, Sr. Research Officer, NHRC and Shri Sunil K. Singh, DIG, Policy & Technical Services, Railway Board, conducted the sessions on various subjects including functioning of the National Human Rights Commission and SHRCs, on human rights and police, custodial justice, gender sensitization, juvenile justice, training methods, etc.

Shri C.S Ray IG/Administration Rly. Board welcomed the workshop participants and Shri R.K. Malik, DIG, Recruitment and Training delivered the vote of thanks.



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