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Govt introduces bill to amend SPG Act in LS, ex-PM families not covered

This comes days after the government withdrew the elite security cover provided to members of the Gandhi family.

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

An Indian Navy commando maintains vigil near the INS Shivalik in Chennai on Monday. The frigate is part of the India, Japan and US joint naval exercise. Photo: PTI
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Amid slogan shouting by opposition members, a bill to amend the Special Protection Group (SPG) Act was introduced in Lok Sabha on Monday by Minister of State for Home Affairs G Kishen Reddy.

This comes days after the government withdrew the elite security cover provided to members of the Gandhi family.

According to the proposed amendment, family members of former prime ministers would not be entitled to the coveted SPG security cover.

Now elite SPG commandos will protect only the prime minister. They can also protect former prime ministers depending on the threat perception to them.

First Published: Mon, November 25 2019. 14:30 IST
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