Govt to ensure housing units for CISF at airports

Ghaziabad: Faced with shortage of residential units for CISF security personnel posted at big airports, the government is set to make provisions to ensure proper facilities in this regard at upcoming projects.

The force, which guards the country's 58 major airports, is facing the problem of 'living barracks' essentially at airports in big cities and the jawans and officers have to pay hefty rents for a house.

"This (residential facilities at airports) is a big problem in metros like Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and Goa. They (CISF personnel) don't have residences...they have to take homes outside and rents are huge and they have to give (rent) from their salary.

"Our efforts are in this direction. During the forthcoming Lok Sabha session I will meet Civil Aviation minister Ajit Singh and request that whenever an airport is established they should reserve space for (CISF) barracks,"

Minister of State for Home Jitendra Singh told reporters during the Raising Day celebrations of the force.

The minister said similar arrangements will also be done for the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) units deployed to guard vital installations in Naxal-hit areas which are "vulnerable".

Singh said the Union Home Ministry is working to ensure these facilities to CISF units and also enhance them at the existing airports.

The CISF, raised in 1969, is celebrating its 43rd Raising day today and apart from airports, the personnel of the force guard vital nuclear and space installations, historic monuments like Taj Mahal, Red Fort and also the Delhi Metro.

Singh, while talking about the brutal killing of IPS officer Narendra Kumar Singh in Madhya Pradesh, said the Union Home Ministry is concerned about such incidents against police officers.

"We all are very very shocked. The people of the country are shocked...the mafia is so daring that they can kill an IPS officer...this is sad. No report from MP government has come yet in this instance," he said.