Chidambaram calls on CISF to start R and D unit

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Ghaziabad, Mar 10 (ANI): Union Home Minister P Chidambaram on Wednesday asked the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) to come up with its own Research and Development (Rand D) wing to meet the growing demands of a changing security scenario.

Interacting with media, on the sidelines of the CISF's 41st Raising Day, Chidambaram said: "CISF is not like other paramilitary forces-CRPF and BSF to march in strait away with gun. It's duty is to secure vital, iconic establishments. They need to guard establishments with the help of developing technology."

"I suggested them to recruit engineering and science background youths, and start a small R and D wing, so that the force can be equipped with new security systems," he added.

He further said that as the CISF is guarding range of installations from atomic energy to airports, to mines, where every section different from other and added "The R and D section should study developing industrial security system through out the world and try to implement the same in Indian scenario."

In his address, Chidambaram criticized 'hostile' forces for creating disturbances in the country and attempting to destabilize economy.

"Hostile forces, seek to undermine security of the country. They try to destabilize our economy. But our security forces are always ready to tackle such attempts," he said.

The CISF, which came into existence in 1969 with a strength of about 3,000 personnel. Today the CISF has taken on multi-faceted role where by in addition to its traditional role of industrial security, it has also moved into new areas like airport security, security of government buildings, monument security, disaster management, VIP security Delhi metro rail, etc.

The CISF is providing security cover to over 290 units including 57 airports spread all over the country with the strength of over 1,22,000 personnel.

With the growing threat of terrorist outfits, over 100 private sector industries approached the government to get the CISF security cover. By Shreeraj Gudi (ANI)

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