Security Of The Prime Minister:
With the Prime Minister’s cavalcade stranded on a flyover in Punjab’s Ferozepur district for over 15 minutes due to a protest, the Ministry of Home Affairs has sought a report from Punjab government on what it called “a major lapse in the security of the PM”.
- Planning of the PM’s security during any visit is an elaborate exercise that involves central agencies and state police forces.
- Broad guidelines are laid down in what is called the SPG’s Blue Book.
- Three days before any planned visit, the SPG (Special Protection Group), which is responsible for PM’s security, holds a mandatory Advance Security Liaison (ASL) with everyone involved in securing the event, including Intelligence Bureau officials in the concerned state, state police officials and the concerned district magistrate.
- Once the meeting is over, an ASL report is prepared, based on which all security arrangements are made.
- The meeting discusses how the PM would arrive (by air, road or rail) and, once he lands, how he would reach the venue of his programme (generally by helicopter or road).
- SPG only gives proximate security.
- When PM is travelling to any state, it is the responsibility of the state police to ensure overall security.
- They have the responsibility of intelligence gathering, route clearance, venue sanitisation and crowd management