Security of protectees: SRCC will continuously review categorisation
Jammu, Apr 9: The
J&K Government Tuesday said the state has a Security Review Coordination
Committee (SRCC) which determines the security categorisation of those
requiring separate security and vehicles.
“There has been a lot of discussion in the media over the
provision, modification and withdrawal of security to protectees in the state.
A lot of this is based on hearsay, without knowledge of the process adopted for
determining security needs of individuals,” an official handout said.
The primary consideration for providing security, it said, to
protectees is “threat perception”.
Further, there are guidelines contained in the Yellow Book
issued by Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India. In J&K, the
additional aspect of militancy is factored in by indicating the security that
would be provided in militancy affected areas. Based on these factors, the SRCC
takes decisions on the level of security to be provided to various protectees.
In the last one year, owing to a large proportion of state
police resources getting tied up in providing security to individuals at the
cost of the general security environment, the SRCC undertook an exercise to
revisit the security categorisation of protectees.
As has been reported in the media, based on a press release
from MHA, a large number of protectees were either decategorised or their
security reduced, based on their‘threat perception’. Since the Governor’s rule
in the state, this has freed 2,768 police personnel and 389 vehicles, many of
which were in excess of entitlement.
The Governor, as well the Government of India, have also
directed that the SRCC will continue to further examine and review the
requirement of security cover on a case to case basis, based on merit.
The Governor has further directed that the SRCC should meet
immediately to review the cases of political persons who lost their
security/were decategorized/down-graded and provide necessary security to
This will be done immediately by the SRCC. Further, the
Governor has directed that the procedure for providing security be modified and
that the recommendations of the SRCC with the views of the DGP will be put up
for approval to the Governor or Chief Minister through the Chief Secretary, as
is the case in most states. This is particularly relevant as the DGP is not
involved in the process at present.
The work of the SRCC is an ongoing one and it will continue
to review security requirements of individuals as and when necessary.