Home Minister Amit Shah
Home Minister Amit Shah

Rajya Sabha passes SPG Bill; no SPG to Gandhi family

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Amid walkout by Congress and other parties including CPI M, the Special Protection Group (Amendment) Bill 2019 on Tuesday recieved a nod from Parliament with the Rajya Sabha passing it by a voice vote.

The Bill, moved for consideration of the Hosue by Minister of State for Home Krishan Reddy, was passed in the Upper House by a voice vote. Earlier, replying to a debate on the Bill, Home Minister Amit Shah said that Special Protection Group is for the head of the state and added that the government is responsible for the security of the 130 crore citizens, including the Gandhi family.

Clarifying that the Bill is not aimed at targetting one family, Shah said that security is not a status symbol. "One thing is very clear that we have not removed the security of the Gandhi family. We have just changed the security cover," the Home Minister said and asked why the opposition remained silent and no debate and discussion was held when SPG security of former PMs, including Modi's predecessor Manmohan Singh, was removed.

“The security cannot be treated as a status symbol. The Gandhi family has been given Z-plus security.,” Ami t Shah added. The lower house of the Parliament passed the bill on November 27 this year. UNI