Tribune News Service
New Delhi, December 17
The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has framed new rules for private security guards mandating them to undergo 20-day training on crowd control and fire fighting and the owners of such agencies would be required to go through a six-day training programme on subjects like internal security and disaster management.
Antecedent verification by agencies
- Security agencies will have to verify character and antecedents of private security guard and supervisor.
- The process can be done by accessing electronic databases of criminals through tracking networks.
- The number of private security guards in the country is estimated to be about 90 lakh.
Meanwhile, Minister of State (MoS) for Home G Kishan Reddy said, “The private security industry will have a big role to play in the distribution of the Covid-19 vaccine as it will be a big task for the government, police or officials to distribute and administer vaccine to 130 crore people across the country.” Reddy was addressing an event organised by the Central Association of Private Security Industry (CAPSI).
The licensees of private security agencies will also have to immediately intimate the government about any criminal charge framed against the persons forming the agency or against a private security guard or supervisor engaged or employed by the agency in the course of performance of duties as private security agency.
The agencies will have to verify character and antecedents of the private security guard and supervisor, and this process can be done by accessing electronic databases of crime and criminal like the Crime and Criminal Tracking Networks and Systems (CCTNS), Interoperable Criminal Justice System (ICJS) through the police.
The MHA said for the entry level of training for the private security guards, a minimum period of 100 hours of classroom instruction and 60 hours of field training, spread over at least 20 working days should be conducted.
In a press note issued by the CAPSI, the MoS (Home) is reported to have said, “Private security guards are everywhere—at hospitals, banks, markets, institutions—and they worked as frontline warriors in the time of pandemic. “We consider the private security industry as an integral part of India’s security paraphernalia and the MHA has been taking steps to promote and strengthen it,” he said.The number of private security guards in the country is estimated to be about 90 lakh.