News-CRUX-10     11th May 2024        
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Context: Recently, the Union Home Ministry formed a panel to evaluate if Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) personnel should handle the entire security process at the Parliament complex.

Central Industrial Security Force (CISF)

  • Origin: The CISF was established in 1969 after the HEC Ranchi fire incident, with a primary focus on safeguarding industrial undertakings.
  • Operational Framework: With a sanctioned strength of 1.8 lakh personnel, the CISF operates under a Director-General and nine sectors, including specialized wings like the Airport Sector and Fire Service Wing.
  • Central Armed Police Force (CAPF): As a member of the seven CAPFs, the CISF stands out for its comprehensive role covering security, fire protection, and consultancy services.
  • Diverse Deployment: Beyond industrial areas, the CISF is deployed in over 350 locations, including airports, space installations, heritage sites, and government buildings, offering its services for a fee.
  • Significance of CISF's Duties:

o Security Across Sectors: The CISF protects critical infrastructure such as atomic power plants, space installations, airports, and metro rail networks while providing security and fire protection consultancy services.

o Airport Security and Delhi Metro: Ensuring airport security at various international and domestic airports and managing security operations on the Delhi Metro, the CISF enhances public safety and counter-terrorism measures.

o Disaster Management and Fire Wing: Playing a vital role in disaster management and operating the largest firefighting force in the country, the CISF's Fire Wing is uniquely positioned to respond effectively to emergencies.