The Telegraph
Saturday , February 1 , 2014
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CISF cover for steel plant

Hit by staff crunch, Bokaro Steel Limited (BSL) has decided to outsource fire-fighting services to Central Industrial Security Force (CISF).

The company had 118 personnel till 2009, with the last recruitment made in mid 1980s. Now, the number of staff has come down to 50 after 10 personnel retired on Friday.

The dwindling number of officials is adding to the hazard, as the fire services department of the steel major lacks the latest equipment to fight a blaze.

According to BSL sources, a Hyderabad-based organisation conducted a survey of fire hazards in the plant in November 2013. In its report, the outfit advised the steel major to immediately update its fire fighting machinery and recruit more than four dozen fire fighters.

Thus, the steel plant either had to go for a massive recruitment drive or outsource the task. The company chose the latter.

Speaking to The Telegraph, Bokaro Steel chief of communications Sanjay Tewary confirmed it, adding that with no fresh recruitment been done in recent past, the plant would give the job to CISF men. “CISF men have expertise in this field, too,” he added.

Sources added that once CISF is handed over this job, the remaining employees of this department would be transferred to other dominions.

CISF DIG Vinaytosh Mishra said that the steel plant’s proposal would be sent to the headquarters in New Delhi for final approval. “There is no doubt that CISF men can effectively handle the fire fighting job. For, we keep upgrading our fire fighting machinery and give the best possible training to our staff,” Mishra added.