CISF started providing security cover even to private organizations following an amendment made to the CISF act in 2009. Currently, 1128 CISF personnel are deployed in 8 private organizations in 5 states.
The Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) came into existence in 1969 with three battalions and to provide integrated security cover to the Public Sector Undertakings (PSUs). Since then, CISF has grown to reach more than 1.4 lakh personnel today. Originally setup to provide security cover to public sector or government organizations, the CISF now provides security cover to private organizations as well. As per the latest data available with the government, CISF provides security cover to 8 private organizations and 1128 personnel are deployed in these 8 organizations.
CISF & its mandate
The CISF was originally set up to provide security cover to various public sector organizations such as nuclear installations, space establishments, airports, seaports, power plants, sensitive Government buildings and ever heritage monuments. In 2009, an amendment was made to the CISF Act of 1968 to extend security cover to Public-Private joint ventures and Private establishments in the aftermath of the Mumbai terror attacks. Since then the CISF has also been deployed for providing security cover to private establishments.
1128 CISF personnel deployed in 8 private organizations
As on date, 1128 CISF personnel are deployed in 8 different private organizations in five different states. Three of these locations are in Karnataka, two in Gujarat and one each in Maharashtra, Odisha and Uttarakhand. Infosys locations in Bangalore, Mysore and Pune are secured by CISF. Tata Steel in Odisha & Tata’s Power plant in Mundra are also part of this list. The other organizations in the list include Reliance Industries in Gujarat, Electronic City in Karnataka and Baba Ramdev’s Patanjali Foods in Uttarakhand. More than 1/3rd of all the CISF personnel are deployed for providing security cover to various locations of the IT giant Infosys.
The 8 organizations paid an average of 3.1 lakh per personnel in 2015-16
As per the rules, the cost of deployment of CISF personnel is borne by the private organization. As per data available with the government, a total amount of Rs 35.15 crore was received by the government in 2015-16 for deploying 1128 personnel. The average amount received per deployed personnel has increased from Rs 2.12 lakh in 2013-14 to Rs 3.11 lakh in 2015-16.
Infosys Pune paid the highest per capita amount in 2015-16
Among the various organizations, Infosys Pune paid the highest average amount for personnel deployed in 2015-16. It paid Rs 5.57 lakh on average followed by Reliance Industries which paid Rs 4.85 lakh. Tata Steel’s average payment is on the lower side because the CISF personnel were deployed only towards the end of 2015. Five of the eight organizations paid more than Rs 3 lakh per deployed personnel on average. Surprisingly, the payment made by Infosys was very different for each of the three locations. While it paid an average of Rs 5.57 lakh for Pune, it paid only Rs 2.36 lakh for Mysore and Rs 3.07 lakh for Bangalore.
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