The Maharashtra State Security Corporation, formed in April 2010 to cater to the security needs of the government and private institutions, has begun recruitments for its force which it hopes to complete in a month.
The force — a state level counterpart of the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) — was conceptualised to reduce the pressure on the police force, which provides around 8,0000 personnel across the state to various installations.
The force will be called the Maharashtra Security Force (MSF) and will provide security to government installations, private offices, corporations, public sector undertakings, local bodies, financial, religious and educational institutions, hospitals, malls and the like.
“We have received applications from around 2,200 people, for the 1,000 openings,” said PK Jain, the vice chairman and managing director of the corporation. Initially, only retired personnel from the defence and the police force will be hired.
“There will be a two-week orientation, after which they can be deployed,” Jain said
He said that MSF would need to first provide security that has been mandated to it, which will include government institutions. “We will later provide security to other organisations as they have all shown keen interest,” Jain said.
The website of the force says that its members will be designated as Special Police Officers (SPOs) with the “legal authority to detain trouble makers and hand them over to the police. This gives the force an edge over private security agencies.”
Details regarding the pay structures and other benefits are being worked out. “We have invited tenders for providing training. Once our training facilities are taken care of, we will be able to meet the demand which as of now is anywhere near 12,000 if we include all government and private security needs,” Jain added.