Security beef up to CM, ex-CMs to cost Rs 32 crore more annually
Patna,(BiharTimes): The state cabinet had recently approved the home department’s proposal to create 531 new posts in SSG under the Bihar Special Security Guards Act, 2000, to cater to the security needs at Patna, Gaya, Ranchi, New Delhi and during the tours of chief minister, ex-CMs and their families.
The recruitments of 531 new personnel in the Special Security Group would incur an additional annual expenditure of Rs 32.18-crore on salary.
The SSG provides security cover to serving chief minister Nitish Kumar and five former CMs––Jaganath Mishra, Lalu Prasad, Rabri Devi, Jitan Ram Manjhi and Satish Prasad Singh.
The current strength of SSG, which is part of state’s intelligence security wing, is 155.
At 1, Anne Marg, the official residence of the chief minister, state-of-the-art security devices such as tyre-killers, blocking bollards, under vehicle scanning system with centralized monitoring database, intrusion detection system with emergency alarms and turnstiles gate with biometric authentication and visitor management software, will be installed.
The modernization of security at the CM residence will cost Rs 6.96-crore.
The home department recently sought the creation of posts of two additional SPs, five DSPs, 13 inspectors, 28 sub-inspectors, three ASIs, 50 havildars and 300 constables, besides deployment of experts of bomb disposal squad, wireless wings and handler of sniffer dogs.
The SSG was developed in 2011 on the lines of the Special Protection Group, which guards the serving and former PMs and their families. It includes two IPS officials of inspector-general and superintendent of police rank.