The Centre has sanctioned procurement of an additional 3,200 bulletproof jackets and helmets for the use of Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) personnel deployed at Delhi Metro, government installations, and for VIP security duties, an official said on Tuesday. The procurement has been done at an estimated cost of Rs 16.51 crore.
Apart from the Delhi Metro network, the CISF is responsible for the security of all government buildings like the North Block housing the ministries of Home and Finance, Shastri Bhavan, Krishi Bhavan, and Udyog Bhavan among others in the national capital.
The Union Home Ministry has approved the procurement of 3,180 bulletproof jackets and helmets for augmentation of the CISF strength deployed at Delhi Metro, Government Building Security (GBS), and Special Security Group (SSG), the official privy to the development said.
While the GBS provides security to government buildings, the SSG guards top dignitaries as recommended by the Union Home Ministry. The present deployed strength of the CISF at the Delhi Metro network is around 13,000 personnel while the strength of the GBS and SSG is 3,000 personnel each.
Presently, the CISF is providing security to protected persons classified as Z Plus, Z, X, and Y. The CISF has 74 formations including 12 reserve battalions and eight training institutes.
According to the mandate, the CISF provides security to the premises staff along with the security of property and establishments. It provides security to strategic establishments, including the Department of Space, the Department of Atomic Energy, airports, the Delhi Metro, seaports, and monuments among others. The CISF also provides protection to some private sector units too. It is the only force with a customized and dedicated fire wing.