To provide security for industrial estates, Himachal is to set up â€˜State Industrial Security Forceâ€™ on the pattern of CRPF, forest minister JP Nadda, speaking on behalf of chief minister Dhumal said at the chief ministers conference on internal security in Vigyan Bhawan at Delhi today.
Nadda said that the state in recent years had registered massive investment in industry, hydel power and tourism sectors and a need was being felt to a create exclusive force for maintaining industrial peace and containing law and order in industrial townships.
The minister requested the union government to arrange for training of three police companies in commando operations through paramilitary forces. One commando company has been trained by the Punjab police recently. The state also needed necessary infrastructure and resources for setting up a modern commando training centre, he said.
He disclosed that 4 HP Armed Police companies were deployed along the state borders with Jammu & Kashmir to maintain law and order on the sensitive border areas and check infiltrations of the terrorists, for which the state was spending Rs 12 Cr annually and the central government was only reimbursing Rs 3 Cr annually. The state needs to be reimbursed the entire amount, he said.
While thanking the union government for sanctioning 3 additional IR Battalions for Himachal, Nadda sought central assistance for modernization of the state force.
He also sought union home ministry assistance of rupees 12 crores for training and infrastructural facilities to raise two Commando companies one each in new IR battalions. He also requested for stationing one NSG company in the State for enhancing quick response capabilities and meet any emergent situation.
For restructuring internal connectivity including hardware, software, field equipments, mobility communications to the special branch of police forces, the minister requested the union government to provide 19.38 crore central assistance and said that subsidiary multi-agency centres (SMAC) have been created in the State CID to collect and disseminate information relating to terrorist and disruptive activities.
Photos by-Himachal Press Liasion office New Delhi.