On the security of ports, airports and industrial units, the Home Ministry will leave no stone unturned to equip the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) with advanced technology to tackle challenges, Union Home Minister Amit Shah said. He was addressing the 54th CISF Raising Day parade at the National Industrial Security Academy (NISA) in Hyderabad on Sunday.
On his arrival at NISA-Hyderabad, Mr. Shah at the Brave Heart Memorial by laying a wreath. He was accompanied by CISF Director General Sheel Vardhan Singh. The minister was honored with a General Salute and later went through the ceremonial parade.
Mr. Expressing his gratitude to the Union Minister, Vardhan Singh said that over a period of five decades, CISF has carved a niche for itself in the field of security and emerged as the leading, multi-dimensional and professionally competent force. He also said that the force is ready to take up any responsibility assigned by the government while announcing that 3,039 head constables were promoted to the rank of assistant sub-inspector.
The annual in-house publication, ‘Sentinel-2023’ and coffee table book on saving lives, ‘Jeevan Raksha Parmo Dharma’, was released by Mr.Shah who congratulated the parade commander and staff participating in the parade for “outstanding performance”. Highlighting the critical role played by the CISF in the economic development of the country and in sensitive airports, Delhi Metro, ports and other vital industrial establishments, he said the dedication and commitment of the brave personnel of the CISF is highly commendable.
“The CISF has been constantly upgrading itself by introducing sophisticated equipment like robotics and artificial intelligence to provide security to the nation. A country can only develop if its airports, seaports and other vital establishments are safe and secure and the CISF plays this role very effectively. By adopting a hybrid model, they will strengthen this role in times to come. This will also pave the way for private companies to use CISF’s services in advisory and many other roles. In the next two decades, the force will also be able to protect private companies from security-related threats likely to arise from modern technology and drones,” said Mr.Shah, adding that the Ministry of Home Affairs is committed to provide necessary support to the CISF to enable it to face futuristic challenges .
He also said that the government, under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, will continue with the zero tolerance policy against terrorism which has been in place since the last nine years and that terrorism, separatism and anti-national activities in all parts of the country will be dealt with severely .
An investiture ceremony was also organized on the occasion where the Chief Guest decorated 23 CISF officers and personnel with Police Medal for Gallantry, President Police Medal for Distinguished Service, President Police Medal for Meritorious Service and Jeevan Raksha Padak.
Telangana Governor Tamilisai Soundararajan, Union Minister for Culture, Tourism and North Eastern Region Development G. Kishan Reddy, MP K. Laxman and State BJP President Bandi Sanjay Kumar were among the dignitaries present on the occasion.
Female personnel of the CISF performed Kalaripayattu, an indigenous martial art that originated in Kerala. A total of 172 female employees demonstrated physical training with bare hands with offensive defensive movements and five types of combat with different weapons. The CISF’s Special Tactics and Training Wing, which has a range of operations from securing urban installations like airports and Delhi Metro Rail to protecting VIPs to guarding large tracts of land in left-wing extremism-hit areas, presented various tactics used to to face such situations.