State’s Responsibility To Provide Security To Individual In J&K: GoI

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SRINAGAR — The responsibility for providing security to an individual in the jurisdiction of a State lies primarily with the local government, ministry of Home Affairs said on Tuesday.

Responding to a series of questions by National Conference parliamentarian and former high court judge Hasnain Masoodi, the MoS in ministry of Home Affairs, G. Kishan Reddy said Matters related to security of vital installations and individuals based on assessment of threat perception are mainly dealt by the VIP Security Section.    

“‘Police’ and ‘Public Order’ are State subjects under the Constitution. The responsibility for providing security to an individual in the jurisdiction of a State Government lies primarily with the State Government,” he said while responding to Masoodi’s question regarding the total number and details of Central Categorized Protectees from the State of Jammu and Kashmir. 

“Central Government also provides security cover on the basis of periodical assessment of threat to individuals, including those from Jammu and Kashmir. The number of protectees varies from time to time. Security components such as PSOs, Police escort vehicles, etc. are provided as per security norms,” he said, replying to question on whether the facilities like PSOs, Police Escort, Vehicles, QRTs, Secure Residential Accommodation, etc. are provided to such protectees.

The MoS said that such details are not compiled centrally as the components of security are accounted for under budget heads of the respective security agencies.  “Security is provided to individuals, including MPs on the basis of assessment of threat,” the MoS said in response to queries on the yearly expenditure on the protectees by the Government; and the steps taken by the Government to notify all the Members of Parliament from Jammu and Kashmir as Central Categorized Protectees.

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