There more than 1,000 VIPs given police security in the state costing state exchequer approximately Rs 10 crores monthly which is about Rs 120 Crores annually.
The security cover to an individual is decided in a meeting of state committee comprising of IGP Kashmir and Jammu province, DGP (CID) and ADGP(CID). The committee reviews threat perception on an annual basis and some time on half-yearly basis.
Former chief ministers Ghulam Nabi Azad and Dr Farooq Abdullah are given Z-plus security under which they are given security cover by NSG and State Security Group (SSG) personnel. Former CM Mufti Sayeed is being given security by ITBP and SSG personnel and NC president Omar Abdullah and PDP president Mehbooba Mufti is being given SSG cover. All former MLAs in the state being given provided security cover.
A senior police said on request of anonymity said, “ there is no objective categorisation of threat perception. MP Lal Singh has got 88 police personnel deployed for his security. About 100 police personnel are deployed for the family members of former chief secretary Ghulam Rasool .” He said this shows a mockery of the system.
Threat perception is categorised under X, Y, Z and Z+category. Under X category only one Personal Security Officer (PSO) is given. Under Y category itis 2PSOs and guard at his residence comprising of 5 police personnel and under Z category it’s 4 PSOs and 2 companies of guard.
A senior official said if a person is given Y category security that a guard will be posted at his or her residence. The monthly expenditure of them comprising of salaries, petrol of security vehicle, food and other allowance will come about Rs 1 lakh monthly.
A senior official state an independent committee, comprising of representatives from civil society, judiciary and police department should be formed to assess the threat perception. “ Such a committee can do audit of threat perception in an objective manner,” he said.