CISF begins security consultancy at schools in major cities

Two months after it first offered security consultancy to schools, CISF experts have begun a mega exercise of auditing some big names in Mumbai, Hyderabad and Kolkata to ensure that any Gurugram-like student killing incident does not recur in educational institutions. The central paramilitary force, that is mandated to guard major Indian civil airports and has a unique security consultancy wing, has also received over Rs 15 lakh of the government prescribed service fee for rendering this service, from a few schools.

The consultancy fee is around Rs 4 lakh for an average school. A blueprint prepared by the force, shows that a separate team of experts has begun work to provide foolproof security solutions at the Poddar Education Network in Mumbai, Oakridge International Schools in Hyderabad and St Xavier’s in Kolkata. When contacted, CISF Director General (DG) O P Singh said the proposal made by the force to the schools, first in November last year, is getting a “good and positive response.”
A senior official added that the force is in talks with about three dozen schools in various parts of the country. “Members of the elite security consultancy wing have been asked to be prepared and move out to schools at a short notice so that this task is carried out as fast as possible. “The command of the force has categorised this work as a priority subject,” the official said. The force, last year, had dispatched letters to a number of schools in the country offering its help in creating a “safe and secure” environment for their students.