Central Industrial Security Force (CISF)

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The Union Home Ministry has approved the deployment of the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) in the Parliament complex, according to a government order.

About Central Industrial Security Force

  • It was established after the recommendation of the Justice Mukherjee Commission.
  • It was set up by an Act of Parliament on March 10, 1969.
  • It is one of seven Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF) under the Ministry of Home Affairs — the other six being the Border Security Force, the Indo-Tibetan Border Police, the Sashastra Seema Bal, the Assam Rifles, the National Security Guard, and the Central Reserve Police Force.
  • It is headed by an Indian Police Service officer with the rank of Director-General. 
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    • Initially, its remit was restricted to protecting government-owned industries, but this was expanded to include joint-ventures and private undertakings in 2009.
    • It also provides consultancy services to the private sector.
    • The force is deployed in over 350 locations across the country, in diversified areas such as atomic energy and space installations, sea-ports, steel plants, coal fields, hydro-electric and thermal power plants, defence production units, fertiliser and chemical industries, RBI’s note-printing mints, heritage monuments such as the Taj.
  • It has the largest percentage of women in its force, in comparison to all other CAPFs.
  • Presently, CISF is also providing security to the protected persons classified as Z Plus, Z, X, Y.

Q1) What are Assam Rifles?

The Assam Rifles, one of the central armed police forces, is the leading counter-insurgency force in the Northeast. It is tasked with the maintenance of law and order in the North East along with the Indian Army and also guards the Indo-Myanmar border in the region. It is also known as ‘Sentinels of the Northeast’.

Source: CISF to take over Parliament security.