Union Home Ministry on Wednesday clarified that the recent guidelines for security arrangements of Prime Minister Narendra Modi were only ‘reiteration’ of existing rules.
The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) said that guidelines for the security of prime minister was issued “reiterating” the existing standard operating procedures (SOPs) and laid down norms, and did not contain any “specific” reference to ministers and other dignitaries.
In a statement, the MHA said that it has reiterated the guidelines/ standard operating procedures issued earlier regarding security arrangements of VVIPs during road shows, to all states and union territories.
“These guidelines/ SOPs are not new; they are reiteration of existing guidelines and do not contain any specific reference to ministers or other dignitaries,” the statement clarified.
The ministry said no new restrictions have been added through these guidelines and SOPs and only the laid down protocols have been reiterated.
On June 11, Home Minister Rajnath Singh had reviewed the prime minister’s security and directed all necessary measures be taken in consultation with other agencies to suitably strengthen security arrangements for the prime minister.
(With PTI inputs)