New Delhi: The Union Home Ministry has relieved the forces CRPF and ITBP from VVIP protection and granted the duty to their sister services NSG and CISF who are in the job for long, an official said.
The ministry order said that the decision was taken after a review of private security responsibilities of VVIPS.
In accordance with the arrangement, the security of 92 VVIPs up to now under Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and also Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) will be awarded in a “period prudent manner” to the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF), especially its Special Security Group that was created in 2006 especially for this goal.
“The CRPF and ITBP shall be increasingly relieved from private protection work. The process may take some time and hopefully be finished by the end of 2018,” it said.
Till today, the CRPF was supplying security to 75 VVIP’s under “Z plus”, “Z”, “X”, “Y And” and “Y” classes while ITBP was procuring 17 such persons.
The arrangement also said the National Security Guard (NSG) will continue to provide security to the elevated risk protectees as determined from time to time.
After a Home Ministry order downgraded the security of Rashtriya Janata Dal chief Lalu Prasad just 14 risk group VVIPs are currently protected by the NSG. NSG’s Special Rangers Group, whose personnel are drawn from state police forces and armed police forces, is deployed for this purpose.
After the Home Ministry order, the CISF will have to take over the security of VVIPs such as BJP President Amit Shah, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari, Kashmir interlocutor Dineshwar Sharma, Lalu Prasad and Reliance main Mukesh Ambani who are now under CRPF security pay.
It Is Going to also need to take over the security of Jammu and Kashmir politicians such as Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, National Conference patriarch Farooq Abdullah, former Chief Minister Omar Abdullah and CPI-M legislator Yusuf Tarigami as well as of some judges that are being guarded from the ITBP.