14 VIPs in India are guarded by 551 commandos
New Delhi, April 11: There are 551 commandos who guard 14 VIPs who are under the Z-plus security category. There are 14 VIPs including senior BJP leader, L K Advani and former chief ministers of Uttar Pradesh, Mulayam Singh Yadav and Mayawati who are extended this benefit.
The government says that the NSG commandos to each VIP works out to approximately 39:1. It may be recalled that after the Kargil war a report had recommended disengaging the NSG from VIP protection. However this has not been implemented as yet.
The government told the Lok Sabha on Tuesday that as many as 298 VIPs are accorded central protection. 26 are in the Z-plus category, 58 in Z, 144 in Y-plus, 2 in Y and 68 in X category, it was also informed.
Union Ministers, state chief ministers and judges of the Supreme Court and High Courts are provided positional or statutory security cover. The cover is withdrawn once they step down from office, the government also said.