The Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF) in India, for the first time, will be equipped with Bureau of Indian Standard (BIS) marked level-5 bullet resistance jackets by September end, a move by the Central government in line with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision of ‘Aatmanirbhar Bharat’.
The CAPF personnel deployed on combat duty, in security cover of VIPs and other key vulnerable locations like Maoist-hit areas and Jammu and Kashmir are provided bullet resistance jackets for their safety.
The bullet resistance jackets currently being used by the CAPF so far are approval for combat use by the National Institute of Justice (NIJ), a research, development and evaluation agency of the U.S. Department of Justice.
By September 23-24, as per the current schedule, the Home Ministry sources said that “A new set of around 4,000 bullet resistance jackets will be provided to the CAPF with the first-time certification from the BIS, a national standard body of India established under the BIS Act 2016 for the harmonious development of the activities of standardization, marking and quality certification of goods”.
“BIS has been providing traceable and tangible benefits to the national economy in a number of ways – providing safe reliable quality goods; minimizing health hazards to consumers; promoting exports and imports substitute; control over proliferation of varieties through standardization, certification and testing,” said an MHA official.
Besides getting BIS approved bullet resistance jackets, the quality of the bullet resistance jackets in the new consignment has been enhanced to level-5.