Already flooded with requests for central security cover from more VIPs, the
Union Home Ministry is facing a surge in similar pleas from VIPs in Uttar
Pradesh and Punjab after the state governments withdrew security.
Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde said trimming of security cover given to VIPs
by the state governments had led to the sudden rush of people approaching his
ministry for security cover after they apprehended threat to their lives.
"Both Uttar Pradesh and Punjab governments have reviewed their security (for
people under VIP security cover). These people are across the board and from all
walks of life including those with political affiliations. They are now
approaching us (MHA) to accord the security cover," Shinde told PTI.
He, however, made it clear that any increase in the number of people to be given
central security would be done only after analysing the threat perception to the
"There is no increase in the number of people getting VIP security (from MHA)
and whosoever is given this cover...It is strictly based on threat perception to
the person which is analysed by security agencies," he said.
An increasing number of politicians are getting the "Z-plus" security and the
prominent new entrants include Union Steel Minister Beni Prasad Verma and BSP MP
Brajesh Pathak while many other MLAs and government functionaries from various
states are being given various categories of security.
The development comes months after the list of VIPs in this category was
substantially pruned during P Chidambaram's tenure as Home Minister. The former
Home Minister himself is also very frugal in taking security cover.
Verma was provided with the enhanced security cover after he claimed he was
receiving threatening calls.
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav has already been accorded 'Z+'
security by 'black cat' commandos of NSG, while Chhattisgarh Chief Minister
Raman Singh will soon get the same.
Delhi has the highest number of security personnel on VIP-guard duties in the
country after Punjab and more than a dozen policemen guard each of the 427 VIPs,
who are being given security in the national capital.
According to the 'Data on Police Organisations in India-2012', prepared by the
Bureau of Police Research and Development (BPR&D), there is one policeman in
Delhi for every 253 common citizens, while there are 5,183 policemen deployed
for giving protection to 427 high-profile people in Delhi.
The protected persons include ministers, MPs, MLAs, judges and bureaucrats.
The report showed that for 14,842 protected people nation wide, 47,557 police
personnel have been deputed for their security for more than six months at a
In an affidavit submitted before Supreme Court, government has submitted that
its total budget for VIP security for the current financial year is Rs 341 crore.