New Delhi: The government has approved creation of a 1,500-strong armed unit for Parliament security drawn from specially trained CRPF personnel.
The new unit called the `Parliament Duty Group` has been mandated by the Union Home Ministry to be the "only force to provide armed security" to Parliament complex which was stormed by terrorists in 2001.
The unit will take charge shortly at the Parliament House.
In order to keep an unhindered chain of command and weed out multiple orders, the Home Ministry has kept the operational command of the commando trained unit with the Additional Secretary (Security) of the Parliament House.
"The new unit will act as a cohesive unit for any exigency on the Parliament House complex. It will have sophisticated arms and vehicles to manoeuvre in the complex," a senior security official privy to the development said.
The Additional Secretary will coordinate between the Parliamentary security unit, Delhi police and the CRPF, the official said.
The personnel of the PDG will have a fixed tenure of four years. The unit will comprise of only young and agile troops of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) who have done special commando courses.
At present, a mix of CRPF personnel drawn from various battalions of the force guard the Parliament House.
The administrative control of the PDG will remain with the Inspector General of CRPF (North) stationed in the national capital.