State to have its own industrial security force

State to have its own industrial security force

The State will soon have its version of the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) and it will be called the Karnataka Industrial Security Force (KISF).

The recruitment for the special force – two platoons of 1,000 personnel each – is underway. The services of the KISF would be utilised to meet the demands for security from the Irrigation department for its dams, besides the demands from the Forest department and various industrial units.  

This was announced by Dr P Ravindranath, IGP of the Karnataka State Reserve Police (KSRP), during his visit to the district KSRP unit in the city on Monday. Speaking to reporters, he said the KISF personnel would undergo holistic training for a year before being deployed for security duty.

He said there were increasing demands for security forces to guard the State’s reservoirs, the forests in the borders with Kerala and Tamil Nadu and a number of new industrial units. Presently, the District Armed Reserve and KSRP platoons were undertaking these responsibilities.

Ravindranath said the recruitment process for KSRP had also been started. KSRP would complement the work of the local police in maintaining law and order in the districts, the IGP said.

The illicit liquor trade was thriving in 30 places across the State, including Pavagad, Sakleshpur  and Gokak. It was under control in the rest of the State, said Ravindranath, who is also the IGP of the excise enforcement unit.

Awareness programmes were being undertaken to curb the manufacture of hooch, besides providing alternative employment opportunities for those involved in the trade. Such efforts were on in Gadag and Belgaum districts and would be extended Statewide, the IGP said.

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