5 Dec 2019

Special Protection Group (Amendment) Bill, 2019

Source: PRS India

The Special Protection Group (Amendment) Bill, 2019 was passed by Parliament. The Bill amends the Special Protections Group Act, 1988. The Act provides for constitution and regulation of the Special Protection Group (SPG) for providing security to the Prime Minister, former Prime Ministers, and their immediate family members.

Key features of the Bill

Provisions of Special Protections Group Act, 1988. Proposed amendments under the Special Protection Group (Amendment) Bill, 2019 
  • Under the Act, the SPG provides security to the Prime Minister and his immediate family members. 
  • It also provides security to former Prime Ministers and their immediate family members for a period of one year from the date on which they cease to hold the office.  
  • Beyond this period, the SPG security is provided based on the level of threat as decided by the central government.  
  • The threat must: (a) emanate from a military or terrorist organisation, and (b) be of a grave and continuing nature. 
    • The Bill amends this provision to state that the SPG will provide security to the Prime Minister, and members of his immediate family residing with him at his official residence.
    • It will also provide security to any former Prime Ministers, and his immediate family members residing with him at the residence allotted to him.  
  • This security will be provided for a period of five years from the date on which he ceases to hold the office of Prime Minister.
  • The Act provides that if the SPG security is withdrawn from a former Prime Minister, it will also be withdrawn from his immediate family members, unless the level of threat faced by the immediate family member warrants such security. 
  • The Bill removes this condition to state that if the SPG security is withdrawn from a former Prime Minister, it will also be withdrawn from his immediate family members.