‘only 3 politicians gave up their personal security blanket’ | Guwahati News

Guwahati: Only three politicians, one MP from Lok Sabha and two MPs belonging to the BJP in Assam, gave up their personal security protection provided by Assam Police personnel following an appeal from CM Himanta Biswa Sarma . However, more than 300 other “protected” politicians, including 14 from the BJP, continue to retain government cover.
In a written response Sarma submitted to the House on Monday, more than 3,500 police officers are attached with 941 “protected” as personal security officers, escorts, pilots/head of security and house guards.
The response said that following the CM’s appeal, Lok Sabha MP Rajdeep Roy and lawmakers Rupjyoti Kurmi and Paramananda Rajbongshi waived their personal security blankets. Sarma added in his response that for security reasons the names of the beneficiaries cannot be made public.
According to the response, 316 of the proteges are politicians, 184 are civil officers, 291 are from the judiciary, 73 are businessmen, oil sector and PSU officials, youth and student leaders, 35 are people from the tea sector and 42 are former activists. leaders.
Sarma, at a meeting of BJP workers last year, first called on his party colleagues to give up their security cover provided by the Assam Police, as the situation no longer warrants it and “the personal safety was a Congress culture, not a BJP culture.”
Sarma, in his first address of 2022 to the media, had said that deploying the gigantic number of these police officers as staff security officers costs the state treasury around Rs 400 crore every month.
The state government has made a political decision to reduce this deployment of PSOs and limit it only to those in constitutional positions, such as Ministers, High Court Justices and Chief Secretary, as well as deputy commissioners who have a threat to their lives because of their position.

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