The private security industry has assumed an important role in recent years. It was the opportunity and nature of the private security industry which enabled employment to a hitherto large section of the populace, which, if not employed in this industry, may have remained outside the fold of formal employment. It is in this sense that contribution of the private security industry to employment generation in India is unique.
The industry presently provides employment to nearly 7 million people. With the growth of urbanization in the country and the changes in the perception of security by governments, business houses and citizens, this industry is poised to register a substantial CAGR in the near future. Particularly important is the Government’s focus on development of Smart Cities in the country and the need of more security personnel.
The industry operates in about 550 districts of the country, and is expected to develop more as the fruits of development percolate from the districts to the block and village levels. This is indeed a sunrise sector, with potential to be the second-largest employment generator in the country. By end of 2020, India will figure amongst the leading security markets across globe. It is however essential that we should be prepared for this transformation and ensure that they are appropriately trained in this field.
It is with the above in mind that Centre for Advanced Training in Security (CATS) is being set up in Thiruvananthapuram under the patronage of KASE. CATS,in partnership with Delhi based Pragmatic Educational Society will be offering security training conforming to global standards to the youth of Kerala. There will be intense focus on boosting soft skills in order to make them stand out in the global market. I am confident that CATS will emerge as highly successful in their efforts, and my good wishes to them.