What has happened?
- In a stern letter, the Ministry of Home Affairs on Wednesday, January 5, alleged a “major lapse in the security of PM Narendra Modi” who was in Punjab to attend some events.
What home ministry said?
- It alleged that the Punjab government failed to deploy additional security to secure any movement by road.
- PM Modi’s cavalcade was stuck on a flyover on Wednesday after the road was blocked by protesting farmers.
- As PM Modi’s car remained stuck on the flyover, SPG personnel sprung into action and surrounded his car to prevent any untoward incident.
- Top government sources said, “What was witnessed on the flyover was a surprising scene of connivance between Punjab police and so-called protestors.
- Only the Punjab Police knew the precise route of the Prime Minister.
- Never has such police behavior been witnessed.
- This is the single biggest lapse in security of any Indian Prime Minister in recent years.”
But why was he travelling by road?
- PM Modi was slated to go to the National Martyrs Memorial at Hussainiwala by helicopter.
- But due to rain and poor visibility, it was decided that he would travel by road, which would take more than 2 hours.
- “He proceeded to travel by road after necessary confirmation of security arrangements were made by the DGP Punjab Police,” the MHA said.
- “Around 30 km away from National Martyrs Memorial in Hussainiwala, when the PM’s convoy reached a flyover, it was found that the road was blocked by some protesters.
- The PM was stuck on the flyover for 15-20 minutes. This was a major lapse in the security of PM.”
Special protection group
- The Special Protection Group (SPG) is an agency of the Government of India whose sole responsibility is protecting the PM of India.
- It was formed in 1988 by an Act of the Parliament of India.
- The SPG protects the Prime Minister at all times both in India and abroad, as well as the Prime Minister’s immediate family members residing with them at their official residence.
- Family members, however, may decline security.
- Previously, the SPG’s mandate included protecting the Prime Minister’s “parents, wife (sic)and children” resident anywhere in India during their term of office and for five years after leaving office.
- However, the Special Protection Group (Amendment) Act, 2019 reduced such mandate.
- Currently, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is the only SPG protectee.
Why farmers are still protesting?
- While almost all farmer unions have ended their protests after the farm laws’ repeal, Punjab’s biggest farm union – BKU (Ugrahan) – is still protesting.
- There are indefinite dharnas being staged by the union in 15 districts, including 12 deputy commissioners (DCs) offices and n4 SDM offices, since December 20.
- The union says that these dharnas are against both Centre as well as the states government for pushing farming into distress.
- Apart from this they said that they burnt the effigies of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 649 villages across the state on Monday ahead of his January 5 rally in Ferozepur.
- The farm outfit said that repealing of three farm laws by the Centre does not mean that farmers’ problems have been solved.
- On Monday, CM postponed a meeting with the group for the third time.
- The union claims that CM Charanjit Singh Channi is taking farmer issues in a casual manner.
What farmers want?
- There are six major demands of the farmers, which the CM had assured to implement during the brief meeting held on December 23.
- These include compensation for damaged crop, compensation to families of deceased farmers who died during kisan andolan and job to the kin.
- Compensation and job to one member of the families of farmers who committed suicide, demand of guaranteed purchase of all crops on MSP,
- Withdrawal of criminal cases slapped on farmers and others while participating in kisan andolan and waiver of all kinds of government and non-government loans on farmers and farm workers.
Q) Which among the following is correct regarding security protection given to individuals?
- In X category only one gunman is provided for security.
- PMO looks after the security cover given to individuals.
- 1 only
- 2 only
- Both 1 & 2
- None of the above