Enhanced Security Measures at Parliament: CISF Deploys Additional Personnel

The Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) are set to deploy an additional 250 personnel to enhance security measures at the Parliament House complex by the 31 March 2024. CISF Director General Nina Singh has given her approval for the integration of these personnel into the existing security wing of the force stationed at the Parliament.

The CISF’s role in Parliament security gained prominence earlier this year when 140 CISF personnel were initially deployed in January to manage security at select entrance gates. Since then, these personnel have been instrumental in conducting thorough frisking procedures and baggage screenings at designated entry points.

The decision to augment CISF’s presence at Parliament comes in the wake of a security breach during the Winter Session last year, where intruders breached security protocols by entering the Lok Sabha chamber and releasing yellow smoke canisters. Subsequently, eight security personnel were suspended, prompting a reevaluation of Parliament’s security apparatus.

The CISF, established in 1969 with a modest three battalions, has evolved into a premier security organization with a workforce of over 1,77,000 personnel. Apart from its core responsibilities of protecting critical infrastructure and providing VIP security, the CISF is renowned for its expertise in access control and security consultancy services.

Q: What incident prompted the reevaluation of Parliament’s security and deployment of CISF?

a) Theft of documents
b) Breach of security protocols during Winter Session
c) Vandalism of property
d) Shift to new building

Answer: b) Breach of security protocols during Winter Session

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