Govt,PSUs on priority list of CISF cover: Chidambaram

As the Government widens the mandate of the Central Industrial Security Force...

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: February 20, 2009 1:59:25 am

As the Government widens the mandate of the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF),Union Home Minister P Chidambaram on Thursday made it clear that the security cover to private and joint sector companies would not come at the cost of guarding public sector enterprises and Government establishment, which would continue to get the first priority.

“The CISF,of course,will continue to provide security to the public sector establishments. There will be no question of reducing the CISF cover to the public sector. The first claim to the CISF will be of the Government and the public sector,” he told the Rajya Sabha while moving the CISF (Amendment) Bill 2008.

Chidambaram said the CISF security cover would not be extended to the private sector overnight as the force had to be expanded first. The strength of the force would be expanded to 1,45,000 from the present level of 1,12,534,he added. The service will be provided to the private sector once the government carries out a risk analysis,the Minister said adding that preference would be given to places vulnerable to Naxal and terror attacks.

“We will respond to requests from the joint sector and the private sector. And depending upon the importance of that establishment,we will consider extending the CISF security cover.”

Requests for CISF cover from IT installations,power sector,oil and petroleum and sea ports will be given first priority,the Home Minister said adding the second priority would be given to mining and steel installations. “Senior CISF officers will examine and decide which other installations needed to be included,” Chidambaram said.

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