NEW DELHI: They may not be MLAs or in power anymore but nine sacked dissident Congress lawmakers in Uttarakhand have been provided Y-category security by the Centre — a privilege usually reserved for Union ministers and top officials.
Under this category, a protectee gets around 20 guards at home, at the workplace and outside when he or she is travelling. This is the third-highest category of security after ‘Z Plus’ and ‘Z’.
“The Central Industrial Security Force, a paramilitary under the home ministry, has been asked to take over the security of these former MLAs,” said a government official who didn’t wish to be named.
The CISF is one of the central forces that provide security to VIPs — around five dozen of them, at present.