A LEASH ON SECURITY AGENCIES A MUST: ORISSA DGP

OM Bureau

Bhubaneswar:

Security being basically a matter of law and order, operators of private security agencies must not be allowed any more to run without being answerable to the State, the Director General of Orissa Police opines.

Lack of any law in this respect has helped mushrooming of security agencies in the private sector wherein more than 25000 persons are currently employed. As many as 350 agencies, registered mostly under the Companies Act are spread all over the State, the majority of whom sporting nearly 200 different titles operate from the State headquarters town of Bhubaneswar and the Police headquarters town of Cuttack. When the Constitution of India has given guarantee to every citizen to take up any avocation of his choice, and therefore there is no illegality in any body registering a company to operate a security agency, it is often seen that under cover of uniforms many a numbers of such security personnel have resorted to breech of law and have played havoc with security of the public. In course of its regular business, the Police have come to know of the nexus between some of such agencies and criminal gangs in the State. Even history-sheeters have found their shelters in some of such agencies and continuing their criminal activities under the guise of their agency uniforms. As many as 17 criminal cases against private security guards and their agencies being on records, the situation is ripe for having a leash on the constitution and conduct of the private security agencies.

The DGP is of the opinion that the State should enact a law granting the police appropriate power to monitor the private security agencies specifically in the area of their personnel. They should be subjected to affiliation with the Police as it is the State organ that alone is responsible at the root for security of the citizenry and for law and order of the State.

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  1. 1. The DGP has a point ! A regulation has to be brought in related to the opening of Security Agencies. The following aspects need to be considered :

    (a) Only Ex Servicemen or Ex Police Personnel should be allowed
    to open or Run Security Agencies.
    (b) Recruitment Policy needs to be defined ie Age (Minimum 18 years),
    Educational Qualification (Minimum Matric), Voter Card and a Character
    Certificate from Village Panchayat and Police Verification Certificate
    should be made manditory for Recruitment. Except in case of Ex Servicemen
    (c) Pay and Allowances and Service Conditions of Security Guards need to
    be made more attractive and realistic ! Keeping a Security in the Category
    of Unskilled or Semi Skilled labour is not only very derogatory, but also
    attract Genuine and Sincere Loyalty and work output from Security Guards
    and as such would tantamount to SLAVERY in Free INDIA. Violations of this
    should invite Strict Action against the Security Agency Owners.

    2. So far as placing the Private Security Agencies under the State Police is
    concerned, we in INDIA have to first factually and truely understand the
    Track Record of the State Police itself ??? On the contrary, it is recommended
    a Law should be passed whereby it should be made mandatory for the Stete Police
    should provide full assistance to the Private Security Agencies and the two
    agencies as such should work in close cooperation with each other !

    3. Babu Raj or Inspector Raj needs to be curbed ! A system of CHECKS AND
    BALANCES as per the Constitution of India needs to be evolved so as to regulate
    the functioning of all Government as well as Private Agencies ? The Watchdog,
    Media and Legal Systems of the country have to become more alert to ensure
    transparent and result oriented functioning of all Government as well as
    Private Agencies working in this nation !

    Jai Hind !

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