Under the Z Plus category, the protectee gets between 40 to 70 guards, depending upon the threat perception. At the moment, there are around 250 protectees in the central list.
Home minister Rajnath Singh on Wednesday reviewed the working of policy planning division of the ministry that deals with the VIP security.
“Singh was apprised of the security arrangements for the protectees. He desired that these may be reviewed and suitably strengthened, wherever required,” a ministry official said.
Sources said over the years the issue of VIP security has become extremely politically sensitive. No minister wants to annoy his political colleagues by downgrading or completely withdrawing their security. Therefore the list of protectess keeps on getting bloated.
“It is yet to be seen whether Singh would be able to withstand the political pressure that comes at the time of such review,” said another ministry official requesting anonymity.