CISF Told On 50th Birthday, "Too Late" For Republic Day Parade Slot

CISF Told On 50th Birthday, "Too Late" For Republic Day Parade Slot

CISF Told On 50th Birthday, "Too Late" For Republic Day Parade Slot 

New Delhi: A row has been created between ministries of defence and home affairs, after the CISF or the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF), which is celebrating its Golden Jubilee or 50th year, was excluded fromthe marching contingent at the Republic Day parade this year. 

According to the sources in Home Ministry,  Defence Ministry refused to allow the participation of the CISF because it said only three paramilitary forces could participate. It was reported that the CISF  was "too late" with its request for participation.

After CISF Director General Rajesh Ranjan request, the home ministry reportedly raised it with the defence ministry. Senior official said, "As the defence ministry is the nodal ministry (for the Republic Day celebrations) we had requested them to allow four paramilitary contingents to participate this year, but they did not agree."

It has been said by the officials that the defence ministry also took a month to reply, giving the home ministry no time to ask another participating contingent to opt out to make way for the CISF, given it is a special year.

Three foot contingents of the paramilitary, annualy participate in the parade that marches down the ceremonial road Rajpath, watched by the President, Prime Minister, dignitaries and hundreds of people. The Delhi Police, Assam Rifles and Rapid Action Force are participating in this year.

The parade was pared down and trimmed, a few years back so that there were fewer contingents and tableaux. But each year, paramilitary forces are rotated, so everyone gets a turn.

In 2017 the CISF had last participated and had been named the best marching contingent.

The morale of CISF--which is the only paramilitary force that earns revenue for the government by providing security at airports, government offices and even sensitive private installations for a fee-- was let down after this.

"The defence ministry could have made an exception this time but did not. We wrote to them as soon as the list was out, but they took almost a month to reply and by then it was too late," explains a senior home ministry officer.

The CISF was blamed by the Ministry of Defence. "They were aware that this is their golden jubilee year; they should have acted on time," said an officer.

17 foot contingents are participating in the parade this year, which includes the Army, Navy, Air Force, paramilitary and retired personnel.

Thi year on Republic Day, the Border Security Force's camel contingent and camel-mounted band (registered in world record book) and an all-women group will march.

The women contingent is special as some of them are family members of soldiers who died in the line of duty.