New Delhi, June 24: Former Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, M Karunanidhi is among three others who are likely to lose their NSG cover. The proposal made by the protection review group will now have to be approved by Union Home Minister, Rajnath Singh.
The cover by the National Security Guards is reviewed yearly. The threat perception is discussed and a report submitted by the Protection Review Group.
The other names apart from Karunanidhi to figure in this list are Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, Akhilesh Yadav, former Chief Ministers of Bihar and Assam, Laloo Prasad Yadav and Tarun Gogoi.
Bringing down the number:
As of now there are 15 politicians under NSG protection. This list includes home minister Rajnath Singh and former deputy prime L K Advani. Under this cover, the politician is protected by NSG commandoes. Further a bullet proof vehicle, 40 personnel and two escort vehicles are provided.
There have been complaints from the NSG to downsize the number of those protected by the NSG. Some have said that the job is a demoralising one and hence a review should be held regularly to downsize the number of politicians on this list.
In India there are four categories of protection. They are the Z plus, Z, Y and X. Those getting NSG protection falling under the Z pl;us category. The Prime Minister and the former PMs are protected by the Special Protection Group of SPG.