Background:

  • Last year, the Special Protection Group (Amendment) Bill, 2019, was recently passed by Parliament. The 1988 SPG Act will be amended by the SPG Bill.
  • The proposed revisions to the Special Protection Group (SPG) Bill are intended to lower the state’s financial burden of VIP protection.
  • The diminution in SPG coverage will also help to dispel the perception that it is a status symbol.

About SPG:

  • In 1985, the SPG was formed to provide security for the Prime Minister, former Prime Ministers, and their immediate families.
  • Personnel from the CRPF, Border Security Force, and other Central and State forces make up the SPG.

Amendments:

  • Reduced SPG Coverage: The Prime Minister, former Prime Ministers, and their immediate family members will be protected if they live with him in his official house.
  • The Prime Minister, former Prime Ministers, and their immediate family members are currently covered by security.
  • After the past Prime Ministers and their immediate families leave office, protection will be provided for only five years.
  • However, the former Prime Minister’s immediate family must live with him in the designated property.
  • Withdrawal: When a previous Prime Minister’s proximate security is revoked, proximate security is likewise revoked for members of his immediate family.

Source The Hindu

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