Software giant Infosys Technologies will become the first private sector company in India to get security cover from the Central Industrial Security Force, with over 100 personnel to be formally inducted on Friday at its facility in Bangalore.
The induction will take place in the presence of Infosys chief mentor N R Narayana Murthy.
"A contingent of 101 men, headed by an Assistant Commandant will take over security duties at the Infosys facility at Bangalore tomorrow (Friday)," a CISF officer said.
The company will incur an annual cost of around Rs 2.5 crore (Rs 25 million) for the anti-terrorist and anti-sabotage-based security cover of the central force.
The security cover is the first assignment for the CISF after the force was mandated to protect the private sector with an amendment to the CISF Act in January this year, in the aftermath of 26/11 Mumbai attacks.
The CISF security will ensure 'armed' protection for the company with the help of Quick Reaction Teams (QRTs) and commando units besides the existing security and access control measures deployed by Infosys, the officer said.
The troops have been trained on similar lines as done for the Department of Atomic Energy and Department of Space installations, the officer said.
At least 79 corporate houses, including Reliance, Tata, Oberoi and others have approached the Centre seeking CISF security cover for their installations.