Hyderabad:  Telangana has received a shot in the arm in providing security and ensuing safety to various Central establishments in the state. Recognising the efficiency and performance of the state police wing, Centrally-funded defence and research and other establishments in Hyderabad have sought the Telangana SSPF (Telangana State Special Protection Force) expertise to strengthen security on their premises.    

The TSSPF is a specialised police force which undergoes rigorous training in all aspects, including firing, use of advanced technology in the maintenance of security of all sensitive establishments and also regular physical training against all challenges. 

The SPF undergoes training in 10 battalions in Hyderabad, Warangal, Karimnagar, Nalgonda, Adilabad, Khammam, Mahbubnagar and Ranga Reddy districts. Generally, during the emergencies, the forces are being used to maintain law and order in coordination with local police.  It comprises nearly 13 per cent of the total police force in the state.      

Official sources said nearly 15 to 18 Central establishments have already forwarded letters to the state government requesting it to hire the trained SPF forces and deploy them as part of the round the clock security measures on the campuses.

Chief Secretary SK Joshi also instructed SPF Director General Tejdeep Kaur Menon to look into their requests. Those who have sought SPF's help include Hyderabad-based DRDO, DRDL and its affiliated agencies, NFC (Nuclear Fuel Complex), CCMB (Centre For Cellular and Molecular Biology), IICT (Indian Institute of Chemical Technology), Ordnance Factory in Medak district, NIRD (National Institute for Rural Development), RBI, Printing Press and IIT.   

Officials said the main reason for seeking SPF protection by the Central institutions was that the state-owned police personnel were trained on par with the Central forces (such as Central Industrial Security Force). 

The increased demand for security forces and low recruitment in the CISF widened the gap between demand and supply of the trained security personnel. The TSSPF was already providing security services to the private and also government institutions providing revenue to the state exchequer also.

The Central institutions also came forward to pay good amount for hiring the state forces. The SPF Director General will hold a meeting with the Central institutions and finalise the agreements in this regard soon.