NEW RULES TO REGULATE PRIVATE SECURITY AGENCIES

KT NEWS SERVICE. Dated: 1/10/2021 12:47:36 AM

NEW DELHI, Jan 9: The Ministry of Home Affairs has gazetted new model rules for regulating the private security agencies, superseding the rules published in 2006 under the related 2005 Act.
The rules published on December 15, 2020 relate to grant of the licence and check on the antecedents of the applicants through the crime and criminal tracking networks and systems (CCTNS) and Interoperable Criminal Justice System (ICJS). The verification is, however, exempted if the antecedents already verified in any other state and licence is under period of validity.
The applicant has to undergo a training for a minimum of six working days on the VIP, internal and institutional security as also other functions of the agencies such as fire fighting, disaster management, checking of documents, information security, anti-sabotage checks, patrolling and training of the personnel.
The rules require renewal of licence from time to time, checking availability of training for its private security guards and supervisors, for which the agency has to verify their character and antecedents.
They also contemplate training of the security guards for minimum 100 hours of classroom instructions and 60 hors of field training, spread over at least 20 working days. The ex-servicemen and former police personnel, however, require to attend a condensed course of minimum 40 yours of classroom instructions and 16 hours of field training, spread over at least seven working days.
The rules also lay down the standard of the physical fitness of the security guards, including eye sight, hearing and free from any contgious or infectious disease. The agency has to engage one supervisor over every 15 security guards.
Irrespective of whether uniform is mandatory or not while on duty, the security guards have to be provided an arm badge, shoulder or chest batch, whistle, shoes with eyelet and laces, a headgear and display of the photo identity card.

 

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