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Build core competence in securing imp buildings: Rajnath to CISF

Build core competence in securing imp buildings: Rajnath to CISF
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Attending the 46th Raising Day celebrations of the central paramilitary force as the chief guest, Singh said at its base here that the “biggest challenge” for CISF is to ensure tight security at such installations and other places that it guards, like airports and aerospace and nuclear power facilities across the country.

“You should develop core competence in securing important and strategic installations in the country. Terrorism is a big danger and challenge for the world and it targets not only people but also can hit iconic infrastructure of national and strategic importance.

“I know that you (CISF personnel) have the courage and determination to thwart such evil designs... but the biggest challenge is to provide foolproof security at these places. Any minor mistake (in this regard) will have big repercussions,” he said.

The minister said that his government’s aim was to make India an “economic superpower” and, to achieve this goal, the “wheel of development” has to keep turning, which it cannot without a good security apparatus being provided by CISF as part of its duty.

“Since India is heading to be an economic superpower, CISF has to take the responsibility of becoming ‘Pragati Ke Sajag Prahari’ (sentinels of development),” he said.

The Home Minister also asked the force, raised in 1969, to carry out a “special security audit” of all its units every four months where its personnel are deployed.

“The audit should be aimed at identifying any lacuna or shortcoming and subsequently take remedial steps to address such problems, if any,” Singh said without elaborating if he was specifically referring to the forces’ role in guarding government ministries and departments in Delhi.

Delhi Police recently claimed to have unearthed an alleged corporate espionage scandal running in some ministries like Oil and Defence as it arrested a dozen people in the case, including government officials from Shastri Bhawan, where a number of ministries are housed. .

The 1.21-lakh-strong CISF at present guards 333 units across the country, including some of the most important and sensitive buildings and offices in the government and private domain and historic monuments like Taj Mahal and Red Fort.

Singh said that CISF, the world’s largest industrial security force, should orient itself towards becoming more modern and hi-tech.

Govt committed to self-sufficiency in defence: Parrikar

‘Make In India’ is a long drawn exercise but the government is committed to bring about self-sufficiency in defence sector, government told Rajya Sabha on Tuesday. Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar said the government was stressing on ‘Make In India’ in defence acquisition and “we are promoting” it in almost all defence acquisition, he said.

Government has increased the defence budget by 9.87 per cent to Rs 2.46 lakh crore for the next fiscal as compared to the revised estimates of Rs 2.22 lakh crore for 2014-15 as it pushes ‘Make in India’ initiative to curtail over-dependence on imports. Parrikar said the government’s decision to increase FDI cap in the defence sector to 49 per cent will bring in techonology. To a question if the fund allocations for defence were adequate, he said, “in principle, nothing is adequate in defence of country,” but if the rupee is spent wisely it could do more.
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