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CISF launches mobile app for lost items at airports

The Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) has launched its lost and found mobile applcation for passengers at 59 airports across India. It can be downloaded from the website of Ministry of Information and Technology. The CISF guards 59 civil airports across the country.

Key Facts

The app offers three facilities – lost and found items at airports, tracking complaints or request status and technical consultancy in security, and fire services. Its main advantage is to help passengers to directly register complaints and get status of their complaint immediately from airports under its security cover. It can also be used to place a request for obtaining technical consultancy provided by force. The app will allow passengers to upload information on lost articles along with their travel details. It will provide passengers alert when the lost article is found.

Background

The CISF had launched ‘Lost and Found’ scheme on its website in 2015 to trace and restore items and valuables left behind by the commuters at airports. It was able to restore property worth Rs. 50.05 crore (2017) and Rs. 5.49 crore (till March 2018) to passengers with the help of the website.

Central Industrial Security Force (CISF)

The CISF is a central armed police force under the aegis of Union Ministry of Home Affairs. It was initially established under the Central Industrial Security Force Act, 1968 to protect major PSUs.However, it was converted to an armed force with a larger ambit under an amendment to the Act in 1983.

Now, CISF provides security to industrial ventures and establishments, VIPs and engages in disaster management amongst others. It also has a Fire Wing to response to fire emergencies/accidents. With force larger than 1,65,000 it is the largest security force in the world.

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