Yoga guru Ramdev’s Haridwar-based food park has become eighth private sector client of the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) that guards important government installations like nuclear plants and airports across the country.
Not only his food park but Ramdev himself is a Z category protectee of the central paramilitary forces.
The CISF chief Surender Singh in his annual press address said the paramilitary force has got formal orders from the government’s order in this regard.
The force has deployed 35 armed personnel for anti-terror duties at the Patanjali Food and Herbal Park Private Limited of Ramdev in Haridwar.
Like all government and private sector units, the food park has also got into a memorandum of understanding with the CISF to bear the entire cost of the deployment.
“The food park is paying Rs 40 lakh per month to the CISF for the deployment,” said a CISF official.
The CISF had sent its contingent at the food park in 2015 only on temporary basis after some protests erupted there. But now the force has taken formal charge of securing the facility.
The government amended the act after the 2008 Mumbai attacks to enable the CISF to provide security to private clients as well.
Electronics City (Bengaluru), Infosys campuses in Bengaluru, Mysore and Pune, Reliance Refinery and Petrochemicals in Jamnagar, Coastal Gujarat Power Ltd project executed by the Tata group in Mundra and the Tata Steel project based in Odisha’s Kalinganagar are the other private sector clients of the CISF. Despite getting many requests from private sector, the force is grants security to select few private clients.
The CISF will also take over security of the iconic Victoria Memorial in Kolkata along with six other government installations.