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.
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.