CISF Current Affairs - 2020

March 10: CISF Raising Day

Every year, the Central Industrial Security Force Raising Day is celebrated on March 10. The CISF works under Ministry of Home Affairs. It was set up in 1969 under the CISF act, 1968 passed in Parliament of India.

About CISF

Though established in 1969, the CISF was made an armed force in 1983. The sanctioned strength of the force was raised to 180,000 from 145,000 in 2017.

Highlights

On the CISF raising day, the CISF officials celebrate the day with parade. Several service medals are distributed to meritorious officers. Also, awareness is created among the citizens to cooperate with the CISF officials on CISF Raising Day.

Duties of CISF

The CISF officials guard industrial units and infrastructure projects all over the country. It provides protection to atomic power plants, major ports, mines, refineries, oil fields, airports and hydroelectric and thermal power plants. There is a dedicated fire wing of CISF to help during accidents in industries. They also provide consultancy services to private firms and other organizations all over the world.

Jammu Airport comes under CISF

On March 6, 2020, the Jammu airport security was taken over by the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF). With this there are 63 airports under CISF at present.

Airport Security

The CISF is responsible for airport security at all commercial airports of India. Earlier the airports were under the control of airport police. However, after the hijack of Indian Airlines Flight 814 in 1999, it was handed over to CISF.

Jaipur airport was the first airport to come under CISF control.

CISF

It was set up in 1969. However, it was made an armed force in 1983. Recently in 2017, the GoI increased the strength of CISF personnel from 145,000 to 180,000. It operates under Ministry of Home Affairs. Apart from airport, CISF also guards seaports, industrial sectors, atomic power plants, oil refineries, thermal power plants, mines and other public sector undertakings. It also guards currency note presses.

There are 4 currency notes presses in India. Two operate at Nashik in Maharashtra and other 2 operate in Mysuru in Karnataka and Salboni in West Bengal.