News:Government has introduced the SPG (Amendment) Bill in the Lok Sabha.
About the SPG (Amendment) Bill:
- The bill amends the Special Protection Group Act,1988.It entitles only the country’s Prime Minister to security services from the Special Protection Group(SPG).
- The Bill has also sought to provide SPG cover to the former Prime ministers and their family members not beyond five years from the date the Prime Minister demits office
- At present,the law allows the SPG to protect former Prime Ministers and their families for a period of 10 years after the end of term.Additionally,it leaves the scope for an extension of the cover beyond ten years in case the perceived threats justifies it.
- The bill also says that SPG will not provide security to family members of a prime minister and former PMs if they do not live with them in their official residence.
- Special protection group(SPG) was set up in 1985 after the assassination of former prime minister Indira Gandhi as an executive body on the recommendation of Birbal Nath committee.
- Later on it became a statutory body under Special Protection Group Act,1988.
- SPG is governed by the Cabinet secretariat of India.It is headed by an officer of the rank of inspector-general.
- The act was amended in 2002 to make provision for an annual review.The review is based on threat perception that is conducted by security agencies.