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Posted at: Apr 21, 2017, 9:25 PM; last updated: Apr 21, 2017, 9:27 PM (IST)

Punjab govt cuts down on VIP security, including CM's

Punjab govt cuts down on VIP security, including CM's
Chief Minister Amarinder Singh. File photo

New Delhi, April 21

The Punjab Government on Friday cut down on VIP security, including that of the chief minister, by a whopping 2,000 personnel and decided to deploy them to ensure better policing and improve the law-and-order situation in the state.

Chief Minister Amarinder Singh also directed the police to review the arms and ammunition licences to check unbridled proliferation of arms in the hands of criminals.

The decision was taken at a high-level security review meeting chaired by Amarinder and attended by Punjab Director General of Police (DGP) Suresh Arora and Additional Director General of Police (Intelligence) Dinkar Gupta, besides Chief Principal Secretary Suresh Kumar.

The withdrawal of security also includes pruning of the chief minister's security from 1,392 to 1,016 personnel. Some 1,500-odd security personnel have been withdrawn in other categories of constitutional and government functionaries, an official spokesperson said after the meeting.

The chief minister has already ordered withdrawal of all deployment along his travel routes and his security is likely to be cut down further at the next review meeting, based on fresh reports on threat perceptions.

Amarinder has made it clear that he does not want security beyond the "bare necessity".

He has also directed the police and other agencies to review the existing security policy, which was approved by the Punjab Cabinet and subsequently notified by the Department of Home Affairs and Justice in 2013.

The chief minister underlined the need to provide only "need-based" security, taking the latest threat perception for individuals into account.

With the existing security policy being three-year-old, he directed the police to call for fresh reports from the state and central agencies to map the threat perceptions of individuals who have been provided security and then decide on the quantum of security. — PTI

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