Union Home Minister Amit Shah presented the SPG Amendment Bill in the Lok Sabha on Wednesday. Shah said that the original idea of the Special Protection Bill was to protect the Prime Minister, many countries have similar elite units to secure their heads of governments. However, the previous governments ‘diluted’ the ‘SPG Act’, Shah said in a veiled attack against the Congress. “I have come here with an amendment in Special Protection Group (SPG) Act. After the amendment, under this Act, SPG cover will be given only to the PM and members of his family who live officially with him at the PM's residence,” Shah said.
He further elaborated the new SPG Bill fresh rules on protectees. “SPG cover will also be given to a former Prime Minister and his family, living at a residence allotted by the government, for a period of 5 years,” Shah said. Opposing the amendments, the Congress asked, “are former Prime Ministers not under threat for their past decisions.” Congress leader Manish Tewari led the attack against the government and said that ‘assessment is not objective.’ Tewari further said that ‘there are ‘murderers’ waiting for the security cover to be lifted.'
On November 8 in a surprising move, the Modi government withdraw the elite security arrangement from the Gandhi family. Amit Shah-led Union Home Ministry reviewed the security of interim Congress chief Sonia Gandhi, her son and Wayanad MP Rahul Gandhi and daughter Priyanka Gandhi and took the decision. It was recommended that the security cover should be withdrawn from the Gandhis. Instead of SPG, the Gandhis are now being protected by Z+ CPPF security. Back in August, former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s SPG security cover was withdrawn. The decision was taken by Amit Shah-led Home Ministry after the annual review.
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