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VIP security may be privatised

Govt looks at the possibility of hiring private guards to protect growing number of VIPs that includes scientists, industrialists and even artistes

New Delhi: Under pressure to meet the increasing demand for security cover by the VIPs and others, the Central government is examining the possibility of involving private security agencies to share the responsibility.

Describing as "big and complex task" to provide security to VIPs, Union Home Minister Shivraj Patil on Friday said, "We have to examine whether we can provide security to all of them with the help of government forces or if we can involve private agencies also to do the same."

Attending the 37th Raising Day of the Central Industrial Security Forces (CISF), he said: "We are providing security to those in government. But there is also a need for security cover to officials and scientists. And now a days, industrialists and artistes are also seeking security.”

"It is a big task to provide security to everyone. We have to see whether we would be able to provide security to all of them with the help of government."

The government has already enacted a law for involving private security agencies in these kind of jobs, Patil said.