The Central Industrial Security Force (CISF),which guards 58 major airports in the country,will soon get proper residential barracks for personnel posted at these airports,Minister of State for Home Jitendra Singh said on Saturday .
According to CISF officials,the Force,which operates on a cost-reimbursement basis to provide anti-hijack and anti-sabotage security to the government or private-run airports,faces a shortage of living barracks for its personnel. The problem is more acute in major cities,with jawans and officers posted in these places having to pay hefty rents for houses.
This (residential facilities at airports) is a big problem in cities like Delhi,Mumbai,Kolkata and Goa. They (CISF personnel) dont have residences…they have to take take accommodation on very high rents,which they have to pay from their salaries. We are making efforts in this direction. During the forthcoming Lok Sabha session,I will meet Civil Aviation Minister Ajit Singh and request that whenever an airport is established,they should reserve space for (CISF) barracks, Singh said during the Raising Day celebrations of the Force held on Saturday.
The Minister said similar arrangements will also be made for the CISF units deployed to guard vital installations in Naxal-hit areas,which are vulnerable.
The Force,which was raised in 1969,celebrated its 43rd Raising Day on Saturday. The Force also honoured 38-year-old CISF constable Aditya Mandi with a shawl and a citation for bringing literary laurels to the force.
Mandi,posted at the National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC),Farakka in West Bengals Murshidabad district as part of the CISF squad securing the facility,was recently awarded the Sahitya Akademi award for his Santhali poems penned in the memory of his father and against superstitions.