Manmohan Singh’s SPG security cover withdrawn by MHA

Monday 26 August 2019 8:00 pm IST


New Delhi: Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s security cover has been downgraded from the SPG (Special Protection Group) rank to Z+ security cover by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA).  


“The current security cover review is a periodical and professional exercise based on threat perception that is purely based on the professional assessment by security agencies. Dr. Manmohan Singh continues to have a Z+ security cover,” read a statement from MHA. 


Singh said that he is personally not concerned about his security and will go by the government’s decision.   The SPG has over 3,000 personnel. Based on threat perception, the special group covers Prime Ministers as well as former Prime Ministers and their families.   


Apart from Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Congress leaders Rahul Gandhi, Sonia Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra are provided security by the SPG personnel.