New Delhi, Mar 9: President Pranab Mukherjee attended the reception hosted by Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) Director General Rajiv on the occasion of the Raising Day of CISF at the CISF headquarters here on Sunday.
Vice-President Mohammad Hamid Ansari and Ministers of State for Home Affairs, M. Ramachandran and R. P. N. Singh, were also present during the occasion.
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)