Put on the backburner for a quite a while now, the issue of granting licences to private security agencies and credibility of guards has once again become a hot topic.
The Gurgaon police have now decided to issue an advisory after December 15 asking residents not to engage the services of private security agencies which have not applied for the mandatory licence to operate as required under the Private Security Agencies Regulation Act (PSARA), 2009.
According to police commissioner SS Deswal, only a handful of security companies had applied for licence and 23 of them would be given permission by December 15.
"We will issue an advisory asking people not engage services of companies which fail to adhere to the norms that requires professional training and police verification," he said.
In October 2009, Haryana government had made it mandatory for all private security agencies to get a licence from the additional DGP (Law and Order) within one month.