Ghaziabad (UP): Home Minister P Chidambaram
Wednesday advocated a "brawn and brains" approach to be adopted by
the security forces for protecting vital installations like
airports, space and nuclear establishments.
Speaking as the chief guest on the 41st Raising Day of
the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) -- which guards
vital infrastructure across the country -- he said the force
should set up a Research and Development unit comprising
"highly qualified guys" from various streams of engineering.
This group should look around the world and understand
the techniques they use for ensuring security, he said.
"CISF is protecting atomic energy establishments, iconic
establishments, therefore it is very important that we had the
latest in science and technology for securing these very vital
installations. What applies to an airport may not apply to an
atomic energy establishment. What applies to a space
establishment will not apply elsewhere.
"Therefore it is important that the CISF sets up a small
unit... say highly qualified guys can be recruited directly...
Physics masters (or) graduate or engineering masters (or)
graduate and then that unit must start looking all over the
world (to see) how industrial and other establishments
elsewhere in the world are protected," he said.
Pointing out that there is a difference between CISF and
other para-military forces as the former is really a "security
establishment", Chidambaram said, "So, I think here brawn and
brains are required."
"The CISF is not like CRPF, the BSF, marching with guns
into a battle kind of a thing, they are really a security
establishment. Therefore, I think there is a certain
difference between CISF and other para-military forces,"
He said this initiative of establishing R&D units should
be taken up by other security forces also.
"It will apply to others (forces) also... Each one
requires science and technology but I think CISF (requires
more) because of the myriad responsibilities it handles. It
different kinds of situation. I think CISF requires R&D and
today I know that other airports are protected slightly
differently. Each one (para-military forces) should develop
R&D," he said.
The R&D centres should develop new ideas, Chidambaram