March 22, 2023

Four former J&K CMs to lose SSG cover | India News – Times of India

SRINAGAR: The administration of Jammu & Kashmir has ordered withdrawal of special security group (SSG) cover to four former chief ministers and 15 of their immediate family members.
The four former chief ministers are Farooq Abdullah, Omar Abdullah, Mehbooba Mufti and Ghulam Nabi Azad.
“A decision to this effect was taken in the security review coordination committee (SRCC) meetings held on July 18, 2021 and September 19, 2021,” official sources said.
According to sources, only sitting chief ministers of Jammu & Kashmir are entitled to have SSG cover after the Union home ministry amended The Jammu and Kashmir Special Security Group Act-2000 on March 31, 2020.
A letter from J&K home department to ADGP security on December 31, 2021 said that the competent authority has also approved the proposal “right-size” the SSG.
The ADGP has been directed to reduce the posted strength of SSG to a bare minimum, preferably headed by a deputy superintendent of police, for maintaining continuity. He has also been asked to post a suitable number of personnel in the security wing for close proximity team (CPT).
“These personnel will continue to receive allowance (25% of basic pay) as at present,” the communique states.
The remaining SSG personnel wil be poested to other wings to make the best use of their knowledge/training expertise. “All the resources (including vehicles, access control gadgets, etc.) of the SSG, except such resources as may be required by SSF, be transferred to the security wing,” the letter states.
The SSG was created through a law enacted by the Jammu & Kashmir’s legislature in 2000 when Farooq Abdullah was heading the government.
On April 24, 2002, the home department unveiled the operational structure and arrangements for implementation of the law.
Before enactment of the law, the security of former CMs was governed by the rules and standing operating procedure issued by CID wing of J&K police in October 1996.

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