Rs 21.04 crore spent on 2174 protected persons

Government on Tuesday said that 1890 persons are protected by the state security and Rs 21.04 crore has been spent on 2174 such persons during the financial year 2015-16.

Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, who hold the charge of Home department, informed the Lower House that the amount spent on the protected persons includes the salary of their PSOs, static guard, escort, fuel and hotel accommodation in respect of 2174 (1890+284-availing hotel accommodation only).

However, Mehbooba said that the salary of police personnel other than SPOs, deployed as PSOs or on Guard escort duties with protected persons is being borne by the State Government.

The written starred question was asked by Opposition National Conference MLA Mendhar, Javed Ahmad Rana, who wanted the details of the persons including separatists, social, religious, and mainstream leaders not holding any constitutional/ statutory/honorary post which are provided security cover.

Mehbooba said that 634 vehicles have been deployed with 373 protected persons. “284 political persons have been allotted secured hotel accommodation only,” she said.

“Transportation and accommodation claims of these persons are being reimbursed by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) as per Security Related Expenditure guidelines,” she said.

“MHA releases 60% of the funds at the time of receipt of claims and 40% is being reimbursed after MHA conducts audit of the accounts,” it said.

Citing security reasons, the chief minister said that it would not be feasible to disclose the names and details of the security cover provided to these protected persons.

The chief minister said that the security of the protected persons is being reviewed periodically by the Security Review Co-ordination Committee (SRCC) constituted by the state government.

“The security cover to the protected persons is provided as per the guidelines of Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India as laid down in Yellow Book,” she said.

“Moreover the security of Chief Minister and their immediate family members is governed under J&K Special Security Group Act, 2000. While the security cover is provided on the basis of threat perception reports, the yellow Book also provides for position based security cover,” the chief minister said.

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