Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Ordinance soon to extend CISF cover to pvt industries

30 Dec 2008, 0204 hrs IST, Vishwa Mohan, TNN

NEW DELHI: The government will soon promulgate an ordinance allowing Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) to extend its cover to private sector
undertakings and joint ventures on cost reimbursement basis.

The ordinance is required as the Bill for this purpose could not be passed in Parliament due to paucity of time despite its introduction in the Rajya Sabha on December 18 amid support from different political parties.

Though Parliament, which met for less than 50 days this year, had rushed through a number of legislations on the last day of the just-concluded session on December 23, it could not take up the CISF (Amendment) Bill for consideration and passing.

The move to bring the ordinance assumes significance in view of the urgency shown by the home ministry post-Mumbai terror attacks. "Since vital private installations - particularly oil and natural gas units - are also on the terrorists' radar, CISF cover needs to be provided to them on a priority basis. Besides, Naxalites have also been targeting private telecom installations and oil installations in some states," said a senior home ministry official.

The ordinance, once promulgated, will also enable deployment of CISF outside the country in Indian embassies or on UN peacekeeping missions on the lines of other paramilitary forces including ITBP and CRPF.

Currently, CISF is only providing security to public sector undertakings and 54 airports across the country.

The statement of objects and reasons of the Bill said: "With the growing threat of terrorist outfits, industries in the private sector and joint ventures - which have contributed to the growth of economy - also require CISF cover."

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