Augmenting the manpower of CISF– guarding critical infrastructure like airports and assets in nuclear domain– the government has sanctioned raising the strength of the force with 37,000 more troops in order to bolster security at these facilities.
The force has been seeking enhancement of its manpower, from the existing 1.45 lakh, for quite sometime now as it is being increasingly entrusted with security duties like with the expansion of the Delhi Metro network in the national capital and transfer of more civil airports and private sector units under its cover.
The Union Home Ministry recently approved raising the strength of the force to 1.80 lakh, by having 35,000 more personnel, with sanctions to raise two more battalions (about 2,000 personnel) once the new strength is achieved fully in about two years’s time.
“This has come as a shot in the arm for us. Our tasks are increasing gradually and the enhancement in our strength will act as a great boon to ensure better operational preparedness, faster promotions and effective supervisory control,” CISF Director General OP Singh told a news agency confirming the move.