As decided earlier this month,the Centre has promulgated an ordinance to amend the CISF Act making industrial units in the private sector and joint sector eligible to be protected by the force. The ordinance was signed by President Pratibha Patil on Sunday and came into effect immediately after that.
The decision to take the ordinance route to amend the CISF Act was taken after an amendment Bill could not be passed in the last session of Parliament because of paucity of time. The Bill was introduced in the Rajya Sabha but could not be taken up for discussion or vote.
The Government had in October approved a proposal to augment the strength of the CISF by 40,000 additional personnel,a move aimed primarily at enabling the force to service the demands from private industries operating in strategic areas like oil refineries,shipping and ports,IT industry and,now,in the wake
of Mumbai attacks,hotels
Till now,the CISF was mandated to guard only government installations and public sector undertakings,though it was offering consultancy services to private parties on an assignment basis.
A number of private industrial units,including the Jamnagar refinery of Reliance Industries and IT major Infosys,have been requesting CISF cover for quite long. The private industrial houses will need to reimburse the costs of the CISF in order to avail of
A government statement issued on Monday said the amendment in the Act had also made a provision for enabling CISF personnel to be deputed on UN peacekeeping missions abroad wherever required. India is one of the major contributors of the peacekeeping forces and a large number of its police personnel are currently deployed in various missions abroad.