Average police personnel deployment, however, low and within sanctioned strength
Morung Express News
Dimapur | January 6
After Assam, Nagaland has the highest number of ‘VIPs’ such as Ministers, Members of Parliament, Members of the Legislative Assemblies, Judges, Bureaucrats, etc. , getting police protection, an official report stated.
The latest ‘Data on Police Organizations’ released recently by the Bureau of Police Research & Development (BPR&D) informed that while the State saw a decline of number of protectees from 295 in 2018 to 287 in 2019, the number is second highest among the North-East states.
The status was as of January 1, 2020.
However, in both years, numbers of police personnel deployed on protection duties remained within the sanctioned strength.
In 2018, the number of sanctioned and deployed police personnel in Nagaland was 850 while in 2019 it was 876.
It averaged to 3.05 police personnel per VIP in 2019.
Assam had the highest number of individuals under police protection in the region at 1,199 in 2019. Accordingly, 1,500 police personnel were sanctioned for the protection duties but the actual deployment was 4064, showing an excess deployment by over 2,564 and averaging 3.38 police personnel per VIP.
The state of Tripura had the third highest individuals under police protection at 267 in 2019, with sanction and actual deployment at 1,047, averaging nearly four (3.92) per protectee.
In terms of actual deployment, however, Manipur averaged the highest police personnel for protection duties per VIP. A total of 4,064 police were deployed for protection duties for 202 protectees in 2019, averaging 12.12 personnel per VIP, the data informed.
Number of people under police protection in the region was lowest in Sikkim at 48, followed by Mizoram (88), Meghalaya (89), and Arunachal Pradesh (106). (See table)
According to a PTI analysis of the report, West Bengal, Punjab, Bihar and Jammu and Kashmir have the maximum numbers of people getting police protection, even as the all-India figure reduced by nearly 9% in 2019.
The number of police personnel put on protection duty in 2018 and 2019 outnumbered their sanctioned strength for the job by around 35%, it said.
The number of people getting police protection across India stood at 19,467 in 2019 and 21,300 in 2018 - a reduction of 1,833 (or 8.7%), the number of police personnel sanctioned for protection duty in 2019 was 43,556, whereas 66,043 personnel were deployed for the job, the report said, quoting the data.
The sanctioned strength in 2018 was 40,031, while 63,061 police personnel were deployed on protection duty.
West Bengal had the maximum of 3,142 people under police protection in 2019, followed by Punjab (2,594), Bihar (2,347) and Jammu and Kashmir (1,184), according to the data.
However, the maximum sanctioned strength and deployment of police personnel in such duties took place in Delhi, where the number of protectees stood at 503 in 2018 and 501 in 2019, the data showed.
The number of police personnel sanctioned for the protection duties in Delhi was 7,144 in 2018 and 7,294 in 2019 while the deployment numbers stood at 7,144 and 8,182, respectively.