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Feb 21, 2009 at 11:03am IST

CISF to give security cover to private sector

New Delhi: With the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) Amendment Bill getting approval from the Rajya Sabha on Thursday, the corporate sector is now queuing up at the Ministry of Home Affairs to seek security cover.

The CISF can now guard private sector units. The CISF Amendment Bill has extended CISF's security cover to all private installations who are now rushing in their applications to the Home Ministry.

Some of the private companies seeking CISF's service include DLF, Reliance industries, Oberoi Hotels, DPS, Sir Gangaram Hospitals and many more.

The bill has reassured organisations of heightened security cover.

"CISF consists of trained personnel. I have great faith in the training of the police personnel and if they are going to be taking this responsibility we would be safer and my children would be more secure," said Shyama Chona, Principal, DPS RK Puram, New Delhi.

"They are equipped with sophisticated assault rifles and they are much better trained to handle terror attacks," said Colonel (retired) Jayant Krishna, Security Director, Le Meridian.

The power, space, airports and technology sectors will be prioritised over the others for the security cover. However, the security cover will only be provided after assessing their requirements.

"We will be assessing the security threats of different organisations and then on the basis of that we will decide whom to provide security," said NR Das, Director General, CISF.

The CISF security cover though comes with a price tag. The organisation hiring CISF commandos will have to pay them their salaries at par according to the Sixth Pay Commission's recommendations, which means that a big industry will have to cough up over Rs 1 lakh for the security cover for one month and small industries will be paying around Rs 50, 000.

To meet the requirement, the CISF is now planning to recruit 10,000 additional personnel and with their commandos guarding the vital installations, one can certainly feel safer in the days to come.