Bangalore: With corporate establishments coming under terror radar, software giant Infosys on Friday became the first private setup to get the cover of the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) which usually guards only government installations.
"This is the first time, since its creation in 1969, that the CISF will be providing security cover to a corporate organisation in India," CISF IG R K Mishra said formally deploying the force personnel at Infosys facility at a function in Electronics city.
A total of 101 CISF personnel were inducted at the facility.
The company will incur an annual expenditure of around Rs 2.5 crore for the anti-terrorist and anti-sabotage based security cover provided by the Central force.
The security cover is the first assignment for the CISF after the force was mandated to protect the private sector with an amendment in the CISF Act in January this year, in the aftermath of the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks.
The CISF security, trained on similar lines as done for the Department of Atomic Energy and Department of Space installations, will ensure "armed" protection for the company with the help of Quick Reaction Teams (QRTs) and commando units.
At least 79 corporate houses, including Reliance, Tata, Oberoi and others have approached the Centre seeking CISF security cover for their installations.