PRIVATE SECURITY INDUSTRY CAN FILL THE GAPS IN SECURITY SECTOR: GEN V K SINGH
CAPSI ASKS GOVT TO SET AUTHORITY AND INCREASE FDI IN PRIVATE SECURITY SECTOR
CAPSI Chairman Kunwar Vikram Singh said the association is formulating BIS standards for the private security industry so that private security personnel can get jobs at national and international level.
This year Private Security Sector (PSS) has crossed the remarkable milestone of ONE CRORE security professionals making it one of the largest employment generators across the globe. It is a historic moment for the Industry in the sense private security industry generates employment for people from rural and remote areas who are generally from marginalised communities.
Central Association of Private Security Industry (CAPSI) is the apex body representing the Private Security Sector, safeguarding the interest of security professionals and over 25,000 Private Security Companies operating pan India. CAPSI has organised its annual event – 17th Security Leadership Summit on 17th December 2022 at NDMC Convention Centre in New Delhi.
A day-long summit took cognizance of the multiple trends impacting the development journey of the Private Security Industry and fostered informed and energetic discussions on managing these strands for the best outcomes for the industry. Personalities of national and international repute graced the event and shared their experiences and views on the topics of concern of the industry.
The event was inaugurated by the Chief Guest Gen (Dr) V.K. Singh, Hon’ble Union Minister of State, Ministry of Road, Transport and Highways and Ministry of Civil Aviation. In his address the Minister said that there is a dearth of trained security personnel and the private security industry should take a lead in filling these gaps. He further said that several government establishments and places like airports and railway stations need security and the private security sector needs to train and equip its personnel to meet their requirements. It is a good opportunity for the Indian private security industry to cater to domestic as well as international markets.
The Minister continued that the private security sector needs to set standards and meet benchmarks which can match international standards so that they could be given the responsibility of safety and security of important installations not only in the country but also overseas. Today security is needed in all sectors, from government to industrial and residential. The security agencies need to adopt modern technologies and use artificial intelligence to upgrade their skills to meet future challenges.
Giving the example of Tequila, Gen VK Singh said Mexico set up a world class laboratory and an accreditation board to develop it as a liquor of global standard. Today Tequila is one of the internationally known premium brands. Indian private security industry also needs to evolve on the same model to make its personnel meet high quality of international standards.
Addressing the conference, CAPSI Chairman Kunwar Vikram Singh said that the association is formulating BIS standards for the private security industry so that private security personnel can get jobs at national and international level. Indian private security agencies will also be upgraded as per the top ISO standards to meet global requirements. Private security industry will also employ Agniveers and give them specialised training so that they can get good jobs in the industry.
Mr Singh continued private security industry employs over 1 crore people making it one of the largest job-giver. He urged the Centre to make amendments in the Private Security Agencies (Regulation) Act to set up an Authority for the regulation of the sector and allow 74% FDI from the current 49% to spur growth of the sector.
In the last few years, it is noticed that a praiseworthy role is being played by the former military officers, especially women in corporate security management and operations. They have ushered a new phase of military leadership in the private security domain. Being an apex body of the PSI, CAPSI honoured the professional ability of women who are holding leadership positions in security industry during the summit. Along with that, the event also witnessed the distribution of Security Leadership Awards in various other categories.
The conference was also addressed by Bhanu Prakash Singh Verma, MOS – MSME, Rameshwar Teli, MOS – Labour, and Bhuvneshwar Kalita, Dy. Speaker Rajya Sabha and Chairman of the Parliamentary Standing Committee of Health & Family Welfare.