SPG cover for PM Modi inflates, cost rises to Rs 1.62 crore per day


Daijiworld Media Network - New Delhi (SHP)

New Delhi, Feb 13: After the law regarding the protection services was amended and notified last year, questions were raised on the matter in the Parliament. Nevertheless, the home ministry gave a written reply in the Lok Sabha making it official that Prime Minister Narendra Modi is the lone Special Protection Group (SPG) protectee.

DMK parliamentarian Dayanidhi Maran sought to know 'the details of the current protectees under the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and the Special Protection Group (SPG) in the country'.

In response, Minister of State for Home G Kishan Reddy said the SPG protects only one person but he did not identify the protectee, namely, PM Modi. He also did not give details of CRPF protectees and the VIPs whose security cover has been changed since 2014 - Maran had also sought to know this information - citing 'security reasons'.


Narendra Modi

On Tuesday, Reddy revealed in Lok Sabha that the CRPF secures 56 important people in the country.

This question is gaining significance as the Union Budget 2020-21 have allotted a budget of Rs 592.55 crore for the elite SPG force. Reportedly that is an increase of 10 per cent from last year.

Earlier the SPG cover was also provided to Gandhi's, but after the amends were made to the law, the SPG cover was withdrawn for the family which includes - Congress president Sonia Gandhi and her children Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra.

The budgetary allocation for four SPG protectees in 2019-20 was Rs 540.16 crore. This made per capita cost of security cover at Rs 135 crore, that is, the average cost of protecting the four VIPs - PM Modi and the three Gandhis - was Rs 135 crore each. This means that per capita cost of SPG cover increases by almost 340 per cent this year.

The SPG came into being in the aftermath of the assassination of then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi. Her son Rajiv Gandhi was the prime minister at the time. The force was created for the protection of the prime minister and immediate family. Rajiv, Sonia and their children Rahul and Priyanka became automatic SPG protectees.

With the change of power in 1989, the VP Singh government withdrew SPG cover to the Gandhis and the event that came next was the assassination of Rajiv Gandhi in 1991. The Congress returned to power the same year. PV Narasimha Rao became the prime minister, apparently, on the recommendation of Sonia Gandhi, SPG cover was provided back to the Gandhis. They continued to have SPG cover till November last year when the Modi government decided to replace it with CRPF security cover.

The budget allocated for the SPG cover has seen an increase since the Modi government first came into power. In 2014-15, SPG was allocated Rs 289 crore which increased to Rs 330 crore in 2015-16.

The budgetary allocation for the SPG in 2019-20 rose to Rs 535 crore, from Rs 385 crore in 2018-19. It was election year which meant all the four SPG protectees of the time - PM Modi, Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi - were likely to undertake an extensive tour of the country, thereby swelling the SPG bill.

With another 10 per cent hike in budgetary allocation in 2020-21, the cost of SPG cover for PM Modi has catapulted. At Rs 592 crore, the cost of protecting the prime minister comes at about Rs 1.62 crore a day or Rs 6.75 lac an hour or Rs 11,263 a minute.

Being the face of BJP, PM Modi is the most sought after party leader even in state elections. This results in undertaking several domestic and international tours.

Meanwhile, a comparison of PM Modi with his predecessor Dr Manmohan Singh shows that the former has taken more foreign trips during his tenure. The former PM undertook 93 foreign visits in 10 years whereas Modi had already crossed this number in less than six years. PM Modi's domestic and foreign tours have their bearing on SPG cover cost.

In his response, Reddy told Parliament, "Security is provided based on threat assessment by the central security agency. It is subject to periodic review. Based on such review, the security cover is continued or modified."

The amended SPG Act says the elite force is responsible for the security of the serving prime minister and the immediate family staying at PM's official residence, and the former prime minister and the immediate family for five years since leaving the Prime Minister's Office. As Narendra Modi is in the power for more than five years, his predecessor Manmohan Singh is no longer entitled to SPG cover.

 

 

  

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  • smr, Karkala

    Sat, Feb 15 2020

    After becoming the Prime Minister for second term, Narendra Modi referred to the journey of the made an interesting remark: Desh ke koti, koti nagrikon ne is fakir ki jholi bhar di (The bag of an ascetic like me is overflowing with the blessings of crores of Indians).

    Today the same 'Fakir' of India who was just before the election 'proud to be 'chowkidhar' PM ‘fakeeri’ is costing taxpayers 1.62 Crore rupees a day.

    For example, unlike the Indian prime minister who is known for his expensive sartorial tastes and who lives in a lush, 12-acre property in the heart of New Delhi, (occasionally even posting ‘workout videos’ of himself in his garden), Pepe Mujica has vehemently eschewed the trappings of power. The Uruguayan President refused to move into the presidential palace after getting elected. Instead, he insisted on continuing to live in his one room cottage on the outskirts of Montevideo, with his wife and dog. He also refused a presidential motorcade and chose instead to drive to work and back daily in his 30-year-old blue Volkswagen Beetle.

    Narendra Modi calls himself a fakir; former Uruguayan President Jose Mujica actually lives like one.

    Jai Hind

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  • Rudolf Rodrigues, Mumbai

    Fri, Feb 14 2020

    No doubt, cash cows like, LIC, SAIL, SCI, BPCL are being encased to complete the target of 65,000 crores!

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  • PenMightierThanTheSword!, Mangalore

    Fri, Feb 14 2020

    Rs1.62 crore per day — translates to Rs11,263 per minute or Rs675,780 per hour to protect self-proclaimed Desh Ka Chowkidar! Why does a desh ka chowkidar need protection unless as the saying goes he is scared that his past crimes will get him!!!

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  • Ahmed K. C., Mangalore

    Fri, Feb 14 2020

    1.62 crore per day X 365 = Rs. 591,30,00,000 (591 Crores per annum) ???
    This is monthly salary of 25,000 jawans
    Kuch tho gadbad hain.

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  • M Bhat, Mangalore

    Mon, Feb 17 2020

    do you pay taxes? so why worry about cost to exchequer?

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  • Ramesh, Udupi

    Fri, Feb 14 2020

    Wasting taxpayer’s money on uneducated PM. He has no idea how to fix the economy. He is good only to divide the nation.

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Fri, Feb 14 2020

    We need a Educated Aam Admi as Prime Minister of India ...

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  • Sanjeev Kamath, Udupi

    Fri, Feb 14 2020

    Worth the spend because we need safe, corrupt-free India where corruption earninggs would have been in multi millions!!

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  • Mbhat, Mangalore

    Fri, Feb 14 2020

    Whats wrong in spending on the security of Hon PM Modiji whose life is always under threat by islamic terrorists, local mercenaries etc. He has been elected by majority to rule for next 5 years.

    Why you people grumble on the security issue of Modiji

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  • Ravi, Mangalore

    Fri, Feb 14 2020

    Mera Bharat Mahan , 1.62 Crore !!!

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  • H. Almeida., Bendur/Andheri

    Fri, Feb 14 2020

    Threat perception on the life of PM Modiji, is extremely high and critical..... Enemies, beyond and within our borders, are seeking every opportunity to assassinate him !!! The consequences of such diabolical plan, if successful, will be fatal for our nation !!!

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  • Sanjeev Kamath, Udupi

    Fri, Feb 14 2020

    Very true.

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  • Vishal, Mangalore

    Fri, Feb 14 2020

    If his policies were really attuned towards 'sabka saath sabka vikas' people of all communities would have loved this man and there would have been no need to spend so much money on his security. Since there appears to be a very big gap between what he says and what he does, there are people who dislike like him and therefore he feels scared. Be fair and just to everyone, embrace people from all walks of life, say a few good things to bring communities together and then see the difference. Nobody will hate you and you can then walk around freely without any security cover. The country will save Rs. 1.62 crores everyday.

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  • Af,,, MANGALORE

    Fri, Feb 14 2020

    1.62 CRORE PER DAY? OMG , HOW MANY OF POOR PEOPLE CAN EAT 2 TIMES A DAY

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  • John, Usa/dubai

    Fri, Feb 14 2020

    Hey you shameless antinational

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  • Prakash, Mangalore

    Fri, Feb 14 2020

    The taxpayer is paying much to employ a chowkidar and it would appear the chowkidars main goal is to fleece his employer.

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  • Indian Citizen, Mangalore

    Fri, Feb 14 2020

    Why so much security?
    He is the best and most popular PM loved by everyone.
    He is doing "Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikaas" and progressing the country.
    So who is he afraid of and why?

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  • CA Abdulla, Mangalore/California

    Fri, Feb 14 2020

    Can you list the progresses please ?

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  • David Pais, Mangalore

    Fri, Feb 14 2020

    only 1 man's vikaas

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  • Ahmed K. C., Mangalore

    Fri, Feb 14 2020

    Then, 56" ka kya matlab ???

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  • Ravikanth Kumar, Udupi

    Fri, Feb 14 2020

    Even if it is 100 crores/day we must accept, because he will turn India into a 5 trillion economy.

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  • Francis Lewis, Sastan

    Fri, Feb 14 2020

    PM enjoying with Tax Payers Money

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  • Sanjeev Kamath, Udupi

    Fri, Feb 14 2020

    How much you pay, dear? Do ou have an PAN other than BPL Card?

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  • Steven, Dxb

    Fri, Feb 14 2020

    Now modi faltu chamchas has also become CBI to common. Wah goonde wah!!

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  • Clifford, Mangalore

    Fri, Feb 14 2020

    In some European countries even the Royals travel by public transport and some by bicycles . Ministers are known to walk to work. If you govern properly then there is no question of anyone attacking you. Learn something from European democracies.

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  • Ozy, Surathkal

    Fri, Feb 14 2020

    It is utter waste of money. Look at advanced countries their leaders move freely without any security.

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  • Vishal, Mangalore

    Thu, Feb 13 2020

    Rs. 1.62 crores per day!!! Peanuts for a rich country like ours!!!

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  • Ganesh Achariya, India

    Thu, Feb 13 2020

    Trust me it's waste of money rather I could be used for some good Cause

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  • David Pais, Mangalore

    Thu, Feb 13 2020

    after my hard work I could not made 50 lakhs in my whole life time. y v need z plus security 4 p.m.

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  • Valerian DSouza, Udupi/Mumbai

    Thu, Feb 13 2020

    There are things to learn from everyone.
    In China there is colony for rulers sorrounded by their Military might.
    I think India should also follow their practice for efficient security and to contain cost factors.

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  • Sanjay, Hebri

    Thu, Feb 13 2020

    So what? Money is spent on Indian force to protect our PM from jihadis.....money spent will remain in India

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  • David Pais, Mangalore

    Fri, Feb 14 2020

    un-accounted money comes from usa & europe 2 Nagpur.

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  • moshu, mangaluru

    Fri, Feb 14 2020

    Modi peet'they rahega aur bhakth jhelthe rahega.

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  • Rolf, Dubai

    Fri, Feb 14 2020

    Coronavirous can be cured by drinking Go muther ,and consuming Gogobar according to Bakath leaders ideology.
    But till now since 6 years there is no medicine for Bathovirus sympotms.

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  • prem, moodbidri

    Thu, Feb 13 2020

    then what is "Mein toh fackeer hun, jhola uthake chale jaaunga"???

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