Amid growing threat of terror attacks on industrial establishments, a Bill was introduced in the Rajya Sabha on Thursday to extend CISF cover to joint venture and private sector units as also Indian Embassies abroad. The Central Industrial Security Force (Amendment) Bill, moved by Home Minister P Chidambaram, seeks to enable the deployment of CISF for security of private sector undertakings on cost reimbursement basis.
The statement of objects and reasons of the Bill says with the growing threat of terrorist outfits, industries in the private sector and joint ventures, which have contributed to the growth of economy, also require CISF cover. It sought to extend CISF cover to Indian Embassies or UN Peacekeeping Missions abroad.
The move to amend the law comes in the backdrop of the terror strikes in Taj and Oberoi Hotels in Mumbai and the recent attack on Indian Embassy in Kabul. Besides, Naxalites have been targeting private telecom installations and oil refineries in some states.
The statement also said that for withdrawal of CISF, the management of a PSU should give three months' notice against one month now as it was inadequate for the Force to carry out necessary logistics and administrative arrangements.