Govt cuts Special Protection Group budget
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Last Updated: Friday, March 16, 2012, 14:57
New Delhi: The budgetary allocation for the elite Special Protection Group (SPG), which guards the Prime Minister and other VVIPs, has been decreased by about Rs 35 crore to Rs 351 crore for the new fiscal.

The budgetary proposals presented by Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee in Lok Sabha today for the executive protection agency, which has been bringing in modern equipment, have been pegged at Rs 351 crore for 2012-13 as against the revised expenditure of Rs 385.95 crore during 2011-12.

The SPG was allocated Rs 279 crore initially by the Finance Minister in 2011 which was later increased by over Rs 100 crore to Rs 385.95 crore.

The proposed increase in the allocation for the SPG is for technological advancement, training and skill development of the nearly 3,500-strong force, sources had said.

The Special Protection Group provides proximate security to the prime minister, former prime ministers and their families besides guarding Congress president Sonia Gandhi, her son Rahul and daughter Priyanka.

The force, which was earlier known as Special Protection Unit, has been pressing for an aircraft and other equipment to meet its requirements for carrying out security-related duties.


First Published: Friday, March 16, 2012, 14:57

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