TODAY -

Security Escorts & Self-styled VIPs

Seram Neken *

Security vehicles drive past the Uttra Shanglen inside Kangla
Security vehicles drive past the Uttra Shanglen inside Kangla :: Pix - TSE



One is provided security cover when one becomes an important public figure due to one's status or position. Sometimes, persons who have perceived threats to their lives are also given security guards by the state. Hence, it should be kept in mind that all those who get security cover are not always VIPs.

"Every one has a fundamental right to use a public road. Why should those cars with 'red lights' get precedence over others? Indiscriminate use of power in placing VIPs in a high dignitary category results in abuse of power. Positional security or security due to threat perception becomes a symbol of power. If power is misused, it runs riot on ordinary citizens."- observed Justice Singhvi of Supreme Court of India saying, "If streets are unsafe, then it has to be unsafe for the Secretary of the State also".

The Supreme Court has recently observed that an indiscriminate exercise in providing security to VIPs resulted in abuse of power. The apex court has asked the Centre, States and Union territories for details of the security provided to family members of the VIP/VVIPs, including those with a criminal background. Such an attention by the apex court is really relevant in Manipur state where a large number of seemingly unimportant individuals are provided security guards by the state.

VOICE OF THE WEEK

VIP security culture has cost a huge sum out of the national exchequer. Security cover is provided not only to the VVIPs/VIPs, but also a number of their family members. In Manipur too, we find a good number of government officials, politicians, and near & dear ones of powerful persons who are provided security guards by the State Home Department. It is time to review and minimize the personal security arrangements provided to the so-called important individuals of the state and to pay more attention to public safety.

Personal security provision is entitled to persons of various categories. Apart from VIPs and VVIPs, persons who have perceived threats to their lives are also required to be protected with security cover. Very Important Person (VIP) is a person who is accorded special privileges due to his or her status or importance. Heads of state, Heads of government, major employers, politicians, high-level corporate officers, big celebrities or any other notable person who receives special treatment for some reason.

In Manipur, in the name of bad law and order situation, a big number of government officers and private individuals are given personal security cover in an apparently excessive proportion. However, it has to be pondered that a huge part of state budget is spent in salaries and maintenance of state forces which are utilized as security guards.

During elections, candidates are obviously provided security guards for smooth conduct of the polls. Those elected become people's representatives who may further need personal security guards to enable them to work for the people. And security cover is normally lifted from those defeated candidates. But here, a number of candidates still continue to take armed security out of state exchequer.

Do they really fulfill the criteria of entitling security cover by the state government? Moreover, a number of officers in both state and central government departments in Manipur move around with uniformed security guards. Although the circumstances may well be justified on grounds of grave law and order situation, it costs heavily on public money.

To some people, armed security guards have become a fashion and a symbol of power. Often, we hear of security guards of such people indulging in assaults, firings and crimes against the society. It can not be wholly ruled out that some individuals also stealthily utilize their security guards to execute antisocial activities. Some persons perceive themselves to be in very important and powerful positions, while remaining surrounded with armed security. Their vehicles ride fast and override the public commuters.

Their vehicles park indiscriminately wherever they wish without any regard to parking provisions. Roads in the city are flooded with vehicles of security forces allotted to private individuals. Too many security vehicles adds to traffic congestion and parking overload. At times, they create public nuisance. Many times, those people under security cover trouble the public by misusing their guards at personal whims.

The large chunk of state force which is utilized as personal security guards of individuals may be used in protecting the public lives, public properties and public places.

Security seems tightened in the city wherever any VIP turns up, and as soon as the VIP leaves, everything is laid unattended. Public safety rather than safety of a few individuals is the priority in democratic convention. The state government need to review the armed security arrangements allotted to private individuals.


* Seram Neken wrote this article for Hueiyen Lanpao as part of 'The Voiceless Speaks'
This article was posted on February 22 2013 .



* Comments posted by users in this discussion thread and other parts of this site are opinions of the individuals posting them (whose user ID is displayed alongside) and not the views of e-pao.net. We strongly recommend that users exercise responsibility, sensitivity and caution over language while writing your opinions which will be seen and read by other users. Please read a complete Guideline on using comments on this website.




LATEST IN E-PAO!
  • Mary Kom- Lessons we can learn : eRang
  • Tamenglong #11: Wallpaper Download
  • Ideals of Lamyanba Irawat
  • World Bamboo Day at Khangshim
  • Sadananda: Fellowship in Oral Tradition
  • A paradise : Poem
  • Jobs at Sky Hospitals
  • Gangte Memorial Trophy at CCPur
  • Cataract Operation (2nd Batch) at Shija
  • IM 'detention centre' busted in Dimapur
  • Exhibition by NE artists in New Delhi
  • JCILPS members released : Gallery
  • Ukhrul : Living with infamy
  • Sushila Nandeibam - Classics #2 : Radio
  • The Killing Fields - 2014 :: News Timeline
  • Revisiting my almamater: D M College
  • Stepping Into Your Purpose
  • Saikhom Pratap : Veteran Sports
  • JCILPS members @CJM, Lamphel : Gallery
  • Not Tibetan, not Chinese, am I Indian?
  • God Given Gift : Story
  • poloId kri :: Seireng
  • Accountant reqt @St. Stone Medical
  • Condemns bomb blast at Ukhrul
  • Ukhrul Blast: A Questionable Agenda
  • SBI leads mobile banking with 50% share
  • 'Ukl blast related with monetary demand'
  • SLM flays restriction on NE people
  • 'Dimapur police vindicated our stand'
  • Data block hits NE weather forecast
  • No North-easterners to serve China prez
  • Fight against corruption
  • MPP : Lost in the days of coalition
  • Sushila Likmabam (Judo) #1 : Gallery
  • Yearning for self realisation
  • Interview with Redolent
  • Works on Tongjil Maril: Gallery
  • Moirangthem Praneshwori :Akademi Award
  • Ethnic Relation in Manipur: Day 2 #1
  • Ene-hoigi leirang : Poem
  • 41st AMWJU Foundation day: Gallery
  • Free Cataract Surgery at Churachandpur
  • Jobs @Nirmaan Training Academy, Imphal
  • Conference: ICCIG at IIM, Ahmedabad
  • Admission for M.Sc. Biotech @MU
  • Students launch class boycott stir
  • Blast claims 2 women; 2 hurt in Ukhrul
  • UNC calls on Rajnath Singh
  • Sept 11 incident at NIT hostel
  • JCILPS members @Cheirap Court : Gallery
  • Royal Palace and its Loisangs
  • Unfolding Truth Behind Fake Encounters
  • Langbangi Nungsha & World Ozone Day
  • Malla Mala Leinungshi #2 : Gallery
  • The Incomplete Journey : Poem
  • An Officer's Social Tussle
  • Graphic Design Award by Yamaha 2015
  • JCIPLS: Govt. na responsibility pugadabani
  • CDRO: Condemns arrest of rights activists
  • RIST Talk at MU
  • Conference: Assessing the Roles of NGOs
  • Seminar: Knowing Manipur..Endogenous
  • Admission Test for M.Sc. Forestry @MU
  • CADA: 8th Foundation Day
  • Reqta At Cloudzack Tech, Imphal
  • 15 days judicial remand to JCILPS members
  • All NE capitals to be linked to rail in 5 years
  • Manipur duo hope for best
  • Re-employment policy
  • Amukta Ani (Scenes) #1 :: eRang
  • Black Day
  • Academic interpretation for ILP demand
  • If This Is Application Of Mind...
  • Saluting Scholars' Home's Ms. A. Biswas
  • Akiba :: Seireng
  • Heikru Hidongba #4 : Gallery
  • Invisible 9/11: @Khwairamband #2: Gallery
  • Spanish Striker Koke signs with NEUFC
  • JCIPLS: Selgi tengbang nollukchaba
  • ILP: Sit-in organized at Shillong
  • Candlelight rally for peace in NE
  • Northeast close to my heart: Priyanka
  • Assam varsity plan to honour Mary
  • Special corporation for NE road projects
  • To reduce road fatalities
  • Re-opening schools and colleges
  • eMing 2.0 - Baby Names :: New release
  • An interview with Ragesh Keisham
  • Ethnic Relation in Manipur : Day 1 Report
  • Weak areas of state educational system #2
  • ILP: non-locals @relief camp : Gallery
  • Paper Ship Builder : Poem
  • Irony of fate :: Story from Africa
  • Solar Service Camp at Monglien, CCPur
  • Restore Academic Activity to Edn Institutions
  • Alexandros Tzorvas joins NE United FC
  • Govt moots action against ASP
  • NTC lauds NPSC's action
  • Jazz & blues fest in Shillong
  • Annual conference of AAMSU at Nagoan
  • Crime against women
  • Thoughts before the talk
  • 'Kuki Black Day' @Delhi : Gallery
  • Sougaijam Somorjit : Veteran Sports
  • Unleashing wrath of Govt on JCILP
  • Governor Duggal's Farewell : Gallery
  • ILP: Mass Arrest rally @Sekta : Gallery
  • ILP: 24 hours bandh #2 : Gallery
  • Mary: nothing less than gold
  • Ima kOrge Ima nqbu :: Seireng
  • JCIPLS: Govt ga wari saba houragani
  • East-west Intl Student Conference
  • 'Kuki Black Day' observed at Delhi
  • Awareness Prog on impact of drug abuse
  • Rengdi Lem(Zeliangrong) #2 :: Ooba
  • Indo-Naga Talks 2014 :: News Timeline
  • Facing the future
  • His Ways - Not Ours
  • The Beauty Business/Craze/Hunger #2
  • Votive Drive : Poem
  • Ronaldo Laishram discovers Asteroid
  • "Go To Canada" Seminar for NE States
  • ILP : Meira Paibi Rally : Gallery
  • Govt na chin-ga khutka samnadaba
  • CADA Debating Competition postphoned
  • 'Kuki Black Day' to be observed at Delhi
  • NorthEast United FC signs another jewel
  • Protest against assault on Nurse at AIIMS
  • Monetary justice
  • The past catching up or BJPism ?
  • Invisible 9/11: @Khwairamband #1: Gallery
  • The forgotten bird; Manipur Bush-quail
  • Sharmila agitation to repeal AFSPA :Timeline
  • ILP : Arrested JCILPS Protest #2 : Gallery
  • Provoked :: Story By Thiyam Ningol, Africa
  • JCIPLS : On 24 Hour General Strike
  • Arbitrary detention of 12 JCILPS persons
  • Invisible 9/11: 56 Years of AFSPA
  • Malla Mala Leinungshi #1 : Gallery
  • Living with ASPFA for 56 years
  • Not a question of Us versus Them
  • JCILPS: 24 hours bandh #1 : Gallery
  • GRAFTS but not greeds will help MU
  • Catch The Ball, Don't Throw It
  • S.K. Mangang : Kala Akademi Award 2011
  • Zeliangrong Settlement at Heibok #2
  • JCIPLS: Condemn Dr. J. Suresh's statement
  • Condemns Ambush on SF in Ukhrul
  • Children Nature Camp @Shilheipung
  • Tributes to commando, KS Thotyo: Gallery
  • Chungkham Sangeeta #1 :: eRang Photos
  • Meitei mayek or Manipuri alphabet
  • Attacks @Imphal-Ukhrul road : Gallery
  • Imphal City at Night time : Gallery
  • Bathoi, Damlung : eMing
  • Mary Kom: Thomjallo - Thomjallo :: eRang
  • Haj Pilgrims at Tulihal Airport : Gallery
  • Where is Mary Kom's Story? :: eRang
  • meri koM :: Seireng
  • 'Mary Kom' : Movie screened at Pune
  • Khongjom Parba #1 :: Ooba Video
  • Leiyisigee Wangmada #2 :: eRang
  • Poppy :: eRang Classic Photos
  • MU Gate, Canchipur :: Panorama 360ø view
  • Pre-order Chingda Satpi for Mangka
  • SPONSORED ADS