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After Tarun Gogoi, Mahanta loses NSG security cover (Relevant for GS Prelims and Mains Paper II)

Former Assam CM stripped of National Security Guard Cover: 
Former Chief Minister of Assam Prafulla Kumar Mahanta who was an ally of the National Democratic Alliance-I has been stripped of National Security Guard (NSG) cover.

Rationale behind scrapping the national security guard cover:
The move is in line with the government’s efforts to stop the specialised counter-terror force from performing VIP security duty.
The Home Ministry removed the NSG cover of Mr. Gogoi, Former Assam CM in a previous exercise.

About NSG (National Security Guard) Cover:
Persons protected by the NSG are entitled to Z plus security and at any given time around 40 commandos are deployed to provide proximity cover.
There are 13 other VIPs enjoying such security, including Home Minister Rajnath Singh.

Criticism:
It is alleged that the decision had not been taken on merit but due to political reasons, which is discriminatory.

 



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