Govt contemplating CISF security for private sector: Shivraj Patil

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Mumbai, Aug 5 (UNI) The Union government is contemplating amendment laws relating to security to extend Central Industrial Security Force cover to the private sector, on the lines of security being extended to public sector companies, Union Home Minister Shivraj Patil has said.

In an interview to UTVi, to be telecast on Wednesday, Mr Patil said he had already discussed the issue with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, who wondered whether there were adequate CISF Personnel for such deployments. He said the strength of CISF would be increased and the matter was going before the cabinet.

He said, ''There is a law that prohibits giving CISF security to be given to any sector other than public sector, but we are going to amend that law and say that security can be given to the public sector as well as private sector, if they are willing to be bound by the same laws.'' ''If they want the CISF assistance we have principally decided to give them assistance. We will change the law in the Parliament.

If it is not possible to change the law, we can do it by adopting methods, which are constitutionally approved,'' he added.

Asked about the security being enhanced to big cities, which were also economic hubs of the country he said, ''I am planning to ask the state government to provide helicopters to the police so that they can be used to collect the information and control the situation. I am also asking the state governments to have good control rooms for the entire city, well protected underground control rooms, where 100 to 200 people will keep a watch on what is happening in the city day and night.'' On security arrangements to malls and other infrastructure facilities, he said the government had asked the concerned authorities to have a dialogue with the mall owners to plan about security arrangements even at the construction stage itself. ''Where shops are being made, they should provide the facilities like metal detectors and control rooms. But we are not disclosing it, because if we disclose it others take it, and if we don't disclose it people think nothing is being done and they get frightened. So I'm telling you for once that these kind of things are being done,'' he added.

On the threats received by cine stars and businessmen he said that those celebrities who had received threats had been provided adequate cover. ''We do not want any important person to be threatened but if that threat is real threat, it will be assessed and we will definitely give them the security. It is part of the government's duty which we will perform. The state government can ask the union government and there shall be no difficulty in giving them the assistance,'' he added.


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