Central Industrial Security Force (CISF)
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2018: Six privately run airports owe ₹800cr
Six privately-run airports together owe around Rs 800 crore to CISF on account of deployment of its personnel on security duty, the Lok Sabha was informed on Tuesday. The Delhi airport operated by the Delhi International Airport Limited (DIAL) has an outstanding of Rs 737.37 crore, Union minister of state for home Kiren Rijiju said in reply to a written question. Mumbai airport owes CISF Rs 48.70 crore and the Bangalore airport has an outstanding amount of Rs 22.86 lakh.
NEW DELHI: Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) has generated a revenue of Rs 16 crore by providing technical consultancy to 228 private and public sector industrial establishments, the home ministry told Lok Sabha.
In a written reply to a question, junior home minister Nityanand Rai denied any plan to initiate CISF into taking up international security consultancy.
It is "not under consideration at present," he said.Rai said the fee charged by CISF is calculated on the basis of expenditure incurred on the board of officers conducting the consultancy, plus contingency charges. "Methodology of calculating fee takes into account the factors like number of employees, gross turnover figures in a financial year and geographical expanse of the industrial establishment," said Rai. CISF currently protects 358 entities across India.
From initiation to retirement: glimpses
Magnificent 7: Canine sleuths get fitting sendoff at CISF metro HQ
4-LEGGED COPS WALK INTO SUNSET AFTER 10 YRS OF SERVICE
It was bitter-sweet to see the seven cops wagging their tails. It was gratifying that recognition was coming their way at Tuesday’s special ceremony at Prakriti Park in northeast Delhi’s Shastri Park, but it was also sad to see them walking into the sunset after a decade of action-packed service with the Central Industrial Security Force guarding the Delhi Metro infrastructure.
Now 10-11 years old and age whitening their muzzles, police dogs Hina, Veer, Kite, Jelly, Jessy, Lucky and Lovely, in smart CISF livery, waited patiently with their handlers for their names to be called out. The seven dogs were then presented mementos, medals and certificates, after which they wagged their way to retirement with animal welfare NGO Friendicoes.
For a decade now, they had lived a disciplined life, with perks admittedly — such as air-conditioned kennels and a pantry stocked with nutritious meals. But they also had the tough task of sniffing out explosives and other responsibilities aimed at keeping Delhi Metro secure from multi-dimensional threats. “During their tenure, all these retired canines participated in mock exercises, anti-sabotage checks of stations. They also successfully cleared several unattended bags found on the premises,” said Raghubir Lal, DIG, CISF Unit, DMRC.
Lal added, “It was the first time in the history of this CISF unit that a ceremony was organised to felicitate the canines on their retirement. They deserved to be honoured for their dedication and devotion to duty.” After six months of basic training at the CISF Dog Breeding Training Centre in Ghaziabad, the furry cops were detailed to perform vital security tasks to keep the urban train travellers safe and that is how they had spent a lifetime.
A CISF officer recalled how Hina knew it was time to get to work when he put on her harness. “She was up before me for the morning drill and often woke me up with her bark,” he said. Another officer said that when they joined service, the dogs, all around seven-eight months old then, took time to adapt to the regime, but were well trained after a couple of months.
As for handling their duties with aplomb, all seven dogs heeded many bomb hoax calls during their time in service. While Hina sniffed out 22 unattended bags, Veer attended to 56 such bags, Kite 38, Jelly 35, Jessy 31, Lucky 42 and Lovely 51. Each dog had been put through a rigorous training process in which they had been taught to memorise a particular smell — the signature scent of explosive materials — and track it down.
They were, of course, well taken care of. “It is important that the dogs are given proper care and provided with proper nutrition to enable them to be at their best,” an officer said. “Maintaining a canine-human relationship takes a lot of training, but once there, these creatures respond to every single command of the handler with promptness.” The dog handlers had instructions to follow a strict diet regimen to enable their charges to be in top physical condition for work a tough as theirs.
Guarding the private sector
2013-16: Rs 123 crore from 8 private units
The Central Industrial Security Force has received payments of over Rs 123 crore from eight private sector units, including Reliance Industries, Infosys and Baba Ramdev's Patanjali Food and Herbal Park, in 2012-16.
Since 2013, Infosys tech offices in Bengaluru, Pune and Mysore jointly paid over Rs 65.43 crore, Reliance Industries paid Rs 58.54 crore since 2013 while Patanjali paid Rs 2.48 crore in the last two years to CISF for providing security to their premises.
2017: Discontentment widespread over HRA, TA
Discontentment seems to be widespread in the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF), with several personnel impleading themselves in cases seeking payment of house rent allowance (HRA) and transport allowance (TA), among others, before the high courts in Delhi, Kolkata, Chennai and Hyderabad.
Over 200 CISF personnel deployed at the Kempegowda International Airport in Bengaluru are seeking legal aid over working conditions.
Responding to queries about the cases across the country , Manjit Singh, spokesperson, CISF, told TOI from New Delhi: “The CISF does not fix allowances. It's done by the pay commission and the Seventh Pay Commission is in the process of fixing allowances. We have requested that 100% HRA be provided to all cadres.“
According to petitions in various courts, the demand is not to increase existing allowances. The petition in the Madras High Court, last heard on February 8, 2017, also has similar pleas to those in Bengaluru, where petitioners have sought allowances on a par with their colleagues.
The aggrieved parties also argued that despite a Calcutta high court ruling that HRA be provided to petitioners, other commandscentres are not following it. “It has only been implemented at the Kolkata airport, but the concerns are the same,“ one CISF personell aid.
A November 2016 order of the CISF asked officials to im plement the Calcutta court ruling following a petition by constable Bijender Kumar and others. The order says, “It is not necessary to bring on record such other CISF personnel since this order would apply to all the CISF personnel who have not been provided rent-free accommodation and have been put up in barracks at the Kolkata airport. The petitioners and similarly placed personnel would be entitled to receive HRA for the relevant period when no rent-free accommodation was offered or when they were compelled to stay in barracks.“
Similarly , the Hyderabad high court, still hearing some concerns of CISF personnel, has given an interim direction that petitioners must get transport and dearness allowance. The prayers of petitioners in Bengaluru and Chennai -where the last hearing was on February 2017 -are seeking similar intervention.
Asked why some personnel are provided housing and others aren't and some aren't paid HRA, Manjit Singh said: “In case of allowances and other facilities, there are prescribed rules keeping in mind operational require ments. If the ratio of married accommodation and bachelors staying in barracks or hostels is 55:45, it is based on rules framed and they will be implemented at all places.“
Responding to the TOI report on April 3, CISF said: “CISF provides accommodation and transportation as per the existing government rules. As far as food is concerned, the quality and hygiene are ascertained by the committee of dining members and senior officers.There has been no complaint about poor quality . Also, there has been no complaint of allegation of harassment by senior officers at KIA.
“However, legal representatives of CISF personnel at KIA maintained they have evidence of harassment and they would submit it to the court.