In this episode of The State of the Economy podcast, Dalip Singh of Business joins Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) Director General (DG) Sheel Vardhan Singh to discuss the emerging challenges facing industrial and aviation security. Talking about the importance of clearly defined roles of various organizations in the transport ecosystem, the Director-General saw the need for a seamlessly integrated transport ecosystem where all verticals collaborate to achieve comprehensive safety, efficiency and effectiveness.
Discussions covered various aspects of security provided by CISF, its scope of services, and its vision for the future. The Director-General elaborated on the CISF’s role in protecting industrial facilities, airports, subway systems, etc., emphasizing the force’s contribution to economic development and national security. He outlined the historical background of the CISF, which originated in the event of a fire in 1969, and highlighted its growth into a force of 180,000 personnel.
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The conversation also delved into the CISF’s revenue model. It involves the provision of security and consultancy services to private industry and agencies and generates revenue based on a fixed scale set by the Home Office. Fees paid by clients will be transferred to the Indian Composite Fund and not directly to CISF. CISF recovered approximately 85 percent of its expenditures through this method.
The conversation also touched on the integration of technologies, including drones and cybersecurity, while discussing emerging threats. The Director-General explained how CISF is addressing these challenges and working with other agencies to ensure preparedness and effective response.
When asked about the CISF’s role in fire safety, especially in tall buildings and the changing urban landscape, DG highlighted the importance of training and skills development, and referred to initiatives to improve fire safety standards across the city.
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The Director-General also highlighted the importance of stress management within the force and how CISF has adopted initiatives such as yoga and digital detox to improve the mental health of its personnel. The Director-General spoke about the value of human life and the importance of not sacrificing safety for efficiency.
Regarding future plans, the Director-General discussed the possibility of introducing robot dogs for security purposes and emphasized the importance of adapting to changing security challenges.
The podcast concludes with a discussion of the integration of technology, training and disaster management in CISF operations. The Director General mentioned security as the most important issue, especially in the face of emerging threats, and emphasized the role of CISF in strengthening national security and economic development. listen.
(Moderator: Dalip Singh, Producer: Nabdita Ganguly)
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