Police escorts dearer by 600%

Police escorts dearer by 600%

For the first time in 25 years, the government has revised police escort charges, hiking them by about 600%.

The decision will impact Central government departments, private individuals, banking institutions and organisers of sporting events such as the IPL.

The government announced the increase on Monday.

An armed police constable will now come for Rs 775, a 569% increase from the earlier Rs 136. The increase does not apply to state government departments.

Many banks and private individuals seek police escorts, preferring them to private security. One reason for the huge demand for police escorts is the cost. Even after the hike, police escorts are cheaper than private bodyguards.

"We are strict about providing escorts to private individuals. They have to show they face a threat to their lives," said a senior police officer.

Private security agencies charge way more than the government.

For instance, Lynx Security Agency in Bengaluru charges Rs 18,000 for every 12 hours of escort security. The rates vary from individuals and institutions, a representative of the agency said.

The state government has also increased the charges for providing police vehicles to central government departments and institutions.

The old charges were Rs 10 a km for petrol vehicles, and Rs 5 for diesel vehicles. The new rates are Rs 60 and Rs 30 respectively.

For banking institutions, the old rates were Rs 20 for petrol vehicles and Rs 10 for diesel vehicles. The new rates are Rs 120 and Rs 60 respectively.

For private individuals, vehicle retention charges for up to three hours was Rs 25, and up to 24 hours Rs 100,

It is now Rs 150 for the first three hours and Rs 575 for 24 hours.

The revised escort security charges per day for central government departments and allied institutions:

Old rates, new rates

* Central govt departments
Inspector Rs 126, now Rs 725
Sub-inspector Rs 115, now Rs 700
Asst sub-inspector Rs 83, now Rs 475
Head constable Rs 73, now Rs 425
Constable Rs 68, now Rs 400

* Individuals, banks, industries
Inspector Rs 252, now Rs 1,500
Sub-inspector Rs 230, now Rs 1,400
Asst sub-inspector Rs 166, now Rs 950
Head constable Rs 146, now Rs 900
Constable Rs 136, now Rs 775

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