Ghaziabad, Mar 10: Asserting that the government is committed to strengthen equal participation of women forces at the ground level, External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid on Sunday called upon the women forces of the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) to be ready to meet the emerging challenges.
Khurshid, who took part in the 44th Raising Day celebrations of the CISF in Indirapuram, Ghaziabad, said the government is focusing on providing safety and security to women as the current year is being observed for the same.
The CISF came into existence in 1969 with a modest beginning, having three battalions, to provide integrated security cover to the Public Sector Undertakings (PSUs), which, in those years, occupied the commanding heights of the economy. In a span of four decades, the force has grown several folds to reach one lakh twelve thousand personnel today.
With globalization and liberalization of the economy, CISF is no longer a PSU-centric organization. Instead, it has become a premier multi-skilled security agency of the country, mandated to provide security to major critical infrastructure installations of the country in diverse areas.
CISF is currently providing security cover to nuclear installations, space establishments, airports, seaports, power plants, sensitive Government buildings and ever heritage monuments.
Among the important responsibilities recently entrusted to the CISF are the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation, VIP Security, Disaster Management and establishment of a Formed Police Unit (FPU) of the UN at Haiti. (ANI)