In a first ever move of its kind, a government agency that is entrusted with the task of ensuring security for the public has outsourced its work to a private body, unable to put up with severe manpower shortage any more. The Railway Protection Force (RPF) has suffered the shortfall since a decade, in which span the footfall of passengers at Pune railway station has increased from nearly three lakh to over five lakh, while the number of trains plying the route has gone up from 120 to over 180. The number of security personnel all the while has remained a constant low at 70 in the main city. Correspondences with the railway ministry in this period have been futile.
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