24 CISF personnel, who have rendered services in securing various government installations and providing anti-fire expertise, were on Tuesday awarded the President's police medal for meritorious and distinguished service.
The recipients include H P S Rathore (Commandant), who was incharge of raising the first security unit of the force which was inducted to protect important government ministries and the Prime Ministers Office (PMO) in the aftermath of the 2001 Parliament attack.
Others include S K S Fartyal (Deputy Commandant), G K Nair (Inspector), Narayana Sridharan and Ramesh Singh (Head Constable) among others.
The Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) has about 2.17 lakh personnel in its ranks and is deployed to protect and secure major airports, oil, nuclear and aerospace installations, Delhi Metro and few historical monuments.
The CISF has the only of its kind 'exclusive' anti-fire unit in it's establishment which undertakes audit of large installations and suggests anti-fire mechanisms in them.