The family members of former Prime Ministers will not be guarded by the elite Special Protection Group commandos, as per the amendments approved by the Union cabinet to the SPG Act, officials said on Friday.
As per the SPG Act, the force provides security to the Prime Minister and the members of his immediate family, and any former Prime Minister or to the members of his immediate family for a period of one year from the date on which the incumbent ceases to hold office, and beyond one year based on the level of threat.
According to the proposed amendment, family members of the former PMs would not be entitled to the coveted SPG security cover, officials said.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi is now the only person to be protected by the about-4,000-personnel-strong SPG. Under the rules, SPG protectees are provided with guards, hi-tech vehicles, jammers and an ambulance in their cavalcade.