Aug. 28, 2019

The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) clarified that former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh continues to have Z plus security cover, after the withdrawal of Special Protection Group (SPG) from his security. Around 35 CRPF commandos will provide round-the-clock security to him under the changed set-up.


  • In India, Government of India provides security to some high-risk individuals by the police and local government.

  • Individuals under this security blanket include the President, Vice-President, Prime-Minister, Supreme Court and High Court Judges, Service Chiefs of Indian Armed Forces, Governors of State, Chief Ministers and Cabinet Ministers.

Categories of security:

  • Special Protection Group (SPG) category: Strength of security detail is Classified (only provided to the current and former Prime Ministers of India and their immediate family members.)

  • Z+ category: It has a security cover of 55 personnel (Including 10+ NSG Commando) + (Police Personnel)

  • Z category: It has a security cover of 22 personnel (Including 4 or 5 NSG Commando) + (Police Personnel)

  • Y category: It has a security cover of 11 personnel (Including 1 or 2 Commando) + (Police Personnel)

  • X category: It has a security cover of 2 personnel (No Commando, Only Armed Police Personnel)

Source : The Hindu