CISF to recruit 15,000 more personnel

The Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) will recruit 15,000 more personnel from all over the country beginning early next year, a senior official said on Friday.

Last Updated: Nov 12, 2010, 16:20 PM IST

Hyderabad: The Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) will recruit 15,000 more personnel from all over the country beginning early next year, a senior
official said on Friday.

"We have already recruited 26,000 personnel in the last two years. Now, we will be recruiting 15,000 more personnel. The recruitment would begin from March next year
and the announcement for the same will be made by this December end," COS Director General NR Das told reporters here.

Once the new recruitment is done the CISF personnel strength will increase from 1.26 lakh to over 1.4 lakh, he said after reviewing the Passing Out Parade of the 5th batch
of Assistant Commandants at the National Industrial Security Academy (NISA) at Hakimpet here.

Das said Infosys, Wipro were among the IT firms which had sought deployment of its forces as part of providing security around their establishments.

"CISF personnel are already guarding the Infosys offices at Bangalore and Mysore. Now they have asked for security at Hyderabad, Chennai and its Pune Offices," Das
said, adding "we are making a survey of these establishments."

The survey work is likely to complete in about two months. "We have got 130 requests from private sector to provide security cover and depending on the threat perception,
size of the company a decision is taken to look into their (private) requests," he said.

The priority sector for CISF (for providing security cover) includes power, oil and IT industries, the DG said.

Das said about 33,000 CISF personnel were deployed in 60 units located in the northern belt of Chattisgarh, Bihar, Orissa, Madhya Pradesh and also Uttar Pradesh.

Personnel posted in these states are facing arms and explosive threats, Das said, adding "We have taken adequate precautions and we have trained our manpower properly."

"We have the weaponry to fight in case of any (Naxal) attacks."

Earlier, addressing the trainees at the NISA, he said CISF units in Jharkhand, Orissa and other places have been attacked by naxalites and the CISF personnel have shown
exemplary courage in repulsing the attacks.

"During the training the trainees who earlier worked as Sub-Inspectors in CISF acquired skills ranging from industrial security, Intelligence and surveillance, aviation
security, forensic science, modern electronic gadget among others," Bhardwaj added.

PTI