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Rajya Sabha passed the Special Protection Group (Amendment) Bill, 2019

Rajya Sabha passed the Special Protection Group (Amendment) Bill, 2019

The Special Protection Group (Amendment) Bill, 2019 has been passed in the Parliament. The bill was passed in the Rajya Sabha on 3rd December 2019.

Key Points:

  • This amendment to the act focuses on the core mandate, as the security of the Prime Minister is of paramount importance for the government, governance and also the national security. 
  • This bill will amend the Special Protections Group Act, 1988.

The Special Protection Group (Amendment) Bill, 2019:

  • The Lok Sabha had passed the SPG bill earlier on November 27, 2019. The SPG (Amendment) Bill, 2019 proposes to provide security to the Prime Minister and the members of his immediate family, who are residing with him at the official residence.
  • This bill also states that the SPG security will be provided to the former PM and his immediate family members, who will reside with him at the officially allotted residence for 5 years from the date he ceases to hold the office.

What is SPG?

SPG was formed in the year 1988 by an act of the Parliament of India. It is headquartered in New Delhi. The special force provides security to the Prime Minister of India and the former Prime Ministers of India. The Director of SPG is Arun Kumar Sinha.

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