Minister of Railways and Commerce &Industry,Shri Piyush Goyal launched CORAS (Commando for Railway Security) of Indian Railways and new establishment manual for Railway Protection Force today. Chairman, Railway Board, Shri Vinod Kumar Yadav, other Railway Board Members,DG, RPF, Shri Arun Kumar, General Manager, Northern Railway, Shri T.P.Singh, along with senior Railway officials were present on the occasion.
Speaking on the occasion, Minister of Railways and Commerce & Industry,Shri Piyush Goyalsaid, “Today we are committed to develop India as a Clean India, Healthy India, Prosperous and Secure India. Keeping in mind the threat from disruptive forces, induction of CORAS was planned in Railway Protection Force. CORAS team will be provided best, most modern equipment and world class training. Lauding the efforts of RPF soldier Shivcharan Gurjar, who rescued eight lives in flood stricken areas of Gujarat, Shri Goyal appreciated the commendable work of RPF soldiers. Shri Goyal urged the people to crack down on touts and immediately inform the authorities so the menace of ticket touting may be eliminated permanently.”
Shri Goyal announced that a new state of the art commando training centre to beestablished in Jagadhri, Haryana. Shri Goyal added that a new network of CCTV cameras at every station will be set up to enhance the security of Railway passengers. The link of these cameras will be given to the local stations, GRP, RPF, Divisional office and to the Minister’s office. Shri Goyal also congratulated RPF officers and each soldier for extending security to passengers and Railway property in far-flung areas round the clock. Shri Goyal thanked Hon’ble Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi for taking the concern about the safety of train passengers. Launch of CORAS is an important step in this direction. Shri Goyalalso conveyed his greetings to the Nation on Independence Day and Rakshabandhan.
Speaking on the occasion, Chairman, Railway Board,Shri Vinod Kumar Yadav said, “CORAS, a special Railway Unit is a result of detailed policy formulation. Railway Protection Force is always involved in protecting Railway passengers and Railway property in far and inaccessible threat prone areas. To meet the challenges to Railway security, CORAS, a separate Commando Unit of RPF hasbeen established. This special unit is given world class training and best facilities. This special unit will be able to meet any challenging situation.”
Speaking on the occasion, Director General, Railway Protection Force, Shri Arun Kumar said, “Railway plays an important role in connecting nook and corner of the country. To tackle the threats to Railway passengers or establishments, a special task force having trained manpower was required. Railway is currently carrying out projects, which are strategically and economically important. Commissioning of CORAS will address challenges to these ongoing projects as well as any challenging situation for Railway travellers. The commandos in CORAS are well trained in reputed institutions and are capable of meeting any precarious situation. This new unit will strengthen the Railway security.”
BACKGROUND OF CORAS (Commandos for Railway Security)
· To develop world level capabilities of specialized responder for any situation pertaining to damage, disturbance, disruption of train operations, attack/hostage/hijack, disaster situations in railway areas.
· Following the doctrine of graded response, minimum effective force shall be used for providing fool proof security to Indian Railways and its users.
· Carved out from motivated and willing young staff of RPF/RPSF.
· With an average age between 30-35 years, CORAS will always be young and motivated staff.
· Very high physical standards to join CORAS.
· Commando Coys shall be deployed in Left Wing Extremism (LWE)/Insurgency/Terrorism affected Railway areas.