Cabinet approves Grant of Organized Group ‘A’ Status to Indian Railway Protection Force (RPF) Service

  1. The Central government has accorded Group A Service status to the Railway Protection Force(RPF) that will ensure better service benefits for them.
  2. The Cabinet has also approved the extension of benefit under Non-Functional Financial Upgradation(NFFU) and Non-Functional Selection Grade(NFSG) to them.
  3. NFFU basically makes an officer eligible for higher salary in case he is not promoted due to lack of vacancies despite being eligible for promotion.
  4. The RPF is a security force established by the Railway Protection Force Act,1957.It was established for the better protection and security of railway property.
  5. RPF has the power to search, arrest, investigate and prosecute but the ultimate power rests in the hands of the Government Railway Police.The force is under the authority of the Indian Ministry of Railways.