CRPF argues against removal from VIP duties; heres why

about 30% of the people deputed in two specialist VIP security forces

CRPF argues against removal from VIP duties; heres why

In a new development, the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) has urged the government to not remove it from the VIP duties.

This because the paramilitary force has only this posting as what could be described as ‘soft posting’ for the force. The personnel of the CRPF are otherwise posted in always difficult postings like Kashmir or even left wing extremist areas or even the north east.

This issue came to fore as the Ministry of Home Affairs was conveyed a letter wherein this paramilitary force has argued that it had rich experience in providing security to VIPs across the country and that about 30% of the people deputed in two specialist VIP security forces — Special Protection Group (SPG) and National Security Guard (NSG) —are CRPF men.

The CRPF has asserted that four battalions (over 4,000 men) are dedicated to the VIP security unit and massive infrastructure has been built, including a training centre, over the years for the purpose, which would be “wasted” if removed, said sources.

The government had decided last month that the VIP security responsibilities of the CRPF and the Indo-Tibet Border Police would be handed over to the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF).

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