Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s security cover has been downgraded from the SPG (Special Protection Group) rank to Z+ by the Ministry of Home Affairs. According to the MHA sources, the security cover has been reviewed as a periodical and professional exercise, based on the threat perception.
Manmohan Singh will now enjoy Z-plus security cover — one of the highest — to be given by one of the Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs), preferably by the CRPF.
“The current security cover review is a periodical and professional exercise based on threat perception that is purely based on a professional assessment by the security agencies. Dr Manmohan Singh continues to have Z+ security cover,” a home ministry spokesperson said.
The elite security service SPG is responsible for the protection of the Prime Minister and their family members and former Prime Ministers and their family members depending on the threat level.
Manmohan Singh was the prime minister of the country for two terms before Narendra Modi took over in 2014.
Apart from Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Manmohan Singh, Congress leaders Rahul Gandhi, Sonia Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra also enjoy the security provided by the SPG personnel due to special provisions.
Former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee was protected by an SPG cover until his death in 2018.
Manmohan Singh currently serves as a Rajya Sabha member. He took oath as a member of the Upper House for his sixth term on Friday.