Central Industrial Security Force
|Central Industrial Security Force|
|Motto||Protection and Security|
|Legal personality||Governmental: Government agency|
|Governing body||Ministry of Home Affairs (India)|
|Constituting instrument||Central Industrial Security Force Act, 1968|
|Specialist jurisdiction||Paramilitary law enforcement, counter insurgency, armed response to civil unrest, counter terrorism, special weapons operations.|
|Headquarters||New Delhi, India|
|Minister responsible||Sushil Kumar Shinde, Union Home Minister|
|Agency executive||Arvind Ranjan, IPS, Director General, CISF|
|Parent agency||Central Armed Police Forces|
It was set up under an Act of the Parliament of India on 10 March 1969 with a strength of 2,800. CISF was subsequently made an armed force of the Union of India by another Act of Parliament passed on 15 June 1983. Its current strength is 165,000. The strength will be raised to 200,000 over the next 2–3 years. CISF is the largest industrial security force in the world.
The CISF provides security cover to 300 industrial units and other establishments located all over India. Industrial sectors like atomic power plants, space installations, mints, oil fields and refineries, major ports, heavy engineering, steel plants, barrages, fertilliser units, airports and hydroelectric/thermal power plants owned and controlled by Central PSUs, and currency note presses producing Indian currency are protected by CISF. It thereby covers installations all over India straddling a variety of terrain and climatic conditions. CISF also provides consultancy services to private industries as well as other organisation within the Indian government. The consulting wing has amongst its clients some of the renowned business houses and organisations of India including TISCO, Jamshedpur; SEBI Hqrs. Mumbai; Vidhana Sabha, Bangalore; Orissa Mining Co., Bhubaneswar; AP Assembly, Hyderabad; Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corp.; HIL Kerala;IB Thermal plant,Odisa; IARI, Delhi; NBRI, Lucknow and Electronics City, Bangalore. The scope of CISF's consulting practice includes security consulting and fire protection consulting.
CISF is just a unique organization in paramilitary forces for India, which works for sea ways, airways and some of the major installations in India. In CISF there are some reserved battalions which works with the state police to protect law and orders. CISF plays a major role in Disaster Management, for Disaster Management course the personnel are trained from NISA, Hyderabad. Another unique thing which CISF is having i.e., Fire Wing which helps during fire accidents in Industries where CISF is guarding.
Raising and charter
It was set up under an act of the Parliament of India on March 10, 1969 with a strength of around 2,800 personnel and as the name suggests, it was created for the better protection and security of industrial undertakings in the country. There was a limitation though, that industries to be provided protection should be wholly owned by the central government, which has since been modified so that the industries can now be a joint venture with the central government. However the role of CISF has undergone a diversification and it now also protects airports, seaports, metro rail networks, government buildings, heritage monuments (including the Taj Mahal), opium and alkaloids extractions, nuclear power plants, and space installations. It also specialises in VIP security as well as disaster management.
Ranks in CISF
The rank structure of CISF force at Group ‘A’ (Gazetted Rank Officers) level is as follows :
- Director General
- Additional Director General
- Inspector General
- Deputy Inspector General
- Assistant Inspector General/Senior Commandant
- Deputy Commandant
- Assistant Commandant
- Enrolled Members (Non Gazetted Ranks)
- Inspector (Executive, Stenographer, Ministerial, Fire and Armourer)
- Sub-Inspector (Executive, Stenographer, Ministerial, Fire and Armourer);
- Assistant Sub-Inspector (Executive, Stenographer, Ministerial, Fire and Armourer), Pharmacist, Band and Motor Mechanic;
- Head Constable (Driver, Executive, Ministerial, Fire And Armourer);
- Constables (Executive, Fire, Armourer, Driver, Driver Cum Pump Operator, Nursing Assistant, Band and Fitter); and
- Followers (Cook, Kahar, Sweeper, Mochi, Barber, Carpenter, Tailor, Dhobi, Charge Mechanic, Motor Pump Attendant, Switch Board
- Attendant and Painter, Ward boy, Mason and Plumber).
CISF to protect Non Nationalised industry/Corporate sector
The Indian Parliament on 25 February 2009 authorised the provision of Central Industrial Security Force security to private and cooperative establishments across the country for a fee with the passage of the CISF (Amendment) Bill, 2008.
The Bill, which was passed by Rajya Sabha on February 19 and Lok Sabha on 25 February 2009, also provides for deployment of CISF to protect Indian missions abroad and its participation in the UN peacekeeping operations.
CISF started providing security to the Infosys Bangalore campus in July 31, 2009. The Infosys Mysore, the Reliance Refinery, Jamnagar and the Delhi Metro Airport Express Line are the latest additions to the list of private sector establishments to be placed under CISF cover. Mr. Manish Kumar Rai, Assistant Commandant, led the first contingent of CISF deployed at Infosys Bangalore
CISF has also started providing security to the Infosys Pune campus from April 21, 2011. 
The CISF is in charge of airport security at all commercial airports in India. Airport security, in the past, was under the control of airport police (under the relevant state government). However, following the hijacking of Indian Airlines Flight 814 in 1999, the topic of handing over security of the airports to the CISF was first proposed. While this proposal lay low for the next two years, the central government decided to respond to the security threat faced by all major nations of the world after the 2001 terrorist attacks in the United States and decided to adopt the suggestion. The Jaipur Airport was the first airport that came under the CISF's control on 3 February 2000. Following this, the majority of the commercial airports in India were brought under its purview. As of now CISF is protecting a total of 58 international and domestic airports in the country.
Security for Delhi Metro
Security on the Delhi Metro is handled by the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF), who have been guarding the system ever since they took over from the Delhi Police in 2007. Closed-circuit cameras are used to monitor trains and stations, and feed from these is monitored by both the CISF and Delhi Metro authorities at their respective control rooms. Over 3500 CISF personnel have been deployed to deal with law and order issues in the system, in addition to metal detectors, x-ray baggage inspection systems and dog squads which are used to secure the system. Intercoms are provided in each train car for emergency communication between the passengers and the driver. Periodic security drills are carried out at stations and on trains to ensure preparedness of security agencies in emergency situations.
CISF is unique as a force in that it has a Fire Wing comprising 4,625 officers and personnel giving fire protection to 77 industries.
- Ministry of Home Affairs
- Border Security Force
- Indo-Tibetan Border Police
- Central Reserve Police Force
- Sashastra Seema Bal
- Assam Rifles
- National Security Guard
- Border outpost
- Origin - CISF website
- "Infosys gets CISF cover". Hindu.com. 2009-08-01. Retrieved 2012-06-20.
- PTI. "Business Line : Industry & Economy / Info-tech : Infosys' Pune campus gets CISF cover". Thehindubusinessline.com. Retrieved 2012-06-20.
- Subhro Niyogi and Soma Ghosh, TNN Oct 24, 2001, 11.49pm IST (2001-10-24). "Mid-November target for CISF takeover of airport-Kolkata-Cities-The Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 2012-06-20.
- PTI Mar 7, 2007, 04.35pm IST (2007-03-07). "CISF to take over Delhi Metro security". The Times of India. Retrieved 2012-06-20.
- "Delhi metro parking areas to be bought under CCTV cameras - India - DNA". Dnaindia.com. 2010-03-21. Retrieved 2012-06-20.
- Megha Suri Singh, TNN Mar 30, 2010, 12.41am IST (2010-03-30). "Moscow blasts put Metro security in alert mode". The Times of India. Retrieved 2012-06-20.
- TNN Mar 26, 2010, 12.50am IST (2010-03-26). "Mock drills at 4 Metro stations". The Times of India. Retrieved 2012-06-20.