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President Pranab Mukherjee on Wednesday congratulated a group of probationers of the Railway Protection Force (RPF) for qualifying in their service exam and "committing themselves to public service".
The President expressed his satisfaction that after having acquired high qualifications from prestigious institutions, the probationers had decided to serve the people of India, a statement from his office read.
"Railway Protection Force is not only very challenging but will also offer them immense opportunities to develop innovative means for safety and security of passengers in the mammoth apparatus of Railways," said Mukherjee.
He reminded the railway officers that while protecting man and material in the course of their duty, they are not just performing a public service but also "uniting and binding different parts of a diverse nation".
"Railways can be termed as the lifeline of the economy. The transportation of goods, services and passengers from one place to another is not merely in physical terms but also links the people of the country together," he concluded.
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