CISF trains its personnel in special 'one-minute drills'

The CISF, which guards vital public installations like airports, nuclear and aerospace premises across the country, has begun training its troops in a new 'one-minute' skill which aims to enhance their reflex skills and sharpness to respond to a threat situation.

PTI| Last Updated: Aug 29, 2014, 15:40 PM IST

New Delhi: The CISF, which guards vital public installations like airports, nuclear and aerospace premises across the country, has begun training its troops in a new 'one-minute' skill which aims to enhance their reflex skills and sharpness to respond to a threat situation.

The force recently put on display this newly acquired capability at over 280 out of the total 310 units it secures across the country which includes iconic institutions in the government and private domain.

The 'one-minute' drills include stripping and assembling of automatic and semi-automatic weapons, climbing and positioning manoeuvres atop a quick reaction vehicle and similar other operational tasks done by the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) personnel while remaining blind-folded.

"We have started imparting these skills to our men and women in all the sectors that we are providing security. The aim is to showcase that a CISF man or woman is fully capable to guard and secure the people and assets under their security umbrella," CISF chief Arvind Ranjan told PTI.

The CISF commandos and personnel, including woman combatants, have been put under a rigorous training of experts for achieving perfection and confidence in these new skills which the force Director General introduced recently.

The aim of these drills, officials said, is multi-faceted.

"These skills aim to train the personnel in time management and to handle unfamiliar emergency situations, attain perfection in their regular job by repetition of a task, enhance the personal physical capacity and confidence of the individual, foster a sense of team spirit and develop special tricks of the trade used in policing and security," the official said.

The force, in the last few months, has also begun training its women personnel in a unique Filipino martial art technique called 'Pekiti-Tirsia Kali' (PTK) in order to deploy them in Delhi Metro network for providing effective security to female commuters.

"All these techniques, which are being displayed to the public and will be showcased further, have a dual effect. While this builds confidence in the minds of the public that the CISF personnel around them can ensure good security to them it also acts as a deterrent to trouble makers and potential perpetrators of terror in areas like airports and other public areas," the official added.

The 1.50-lakh personnel strong force works under the command of the Union Home Ministry.