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GUWAHATI, May 29 � A reduction in the personal security privileges of some of the political bigwigs, including former Central ministers from Assam, is on the cards with the State Security Review Committee (SSRC) expected to sit for �threat assessment� of both former and newly-elected Members of Parliament early next month.

As things stand today, the meeting could pronounce downsizing of the existing strength of armed security cover of most of the MPs who lost in the recent Lok Sabha polls.

Some of the veterans of the Congress party, including three former Central ministers, faced defeat in this year�s Parliamentary polls.

As for the newly-elected MPs, already �positioning security� cover has been provided and the meeting of the SSRC will reassess the requirement and act accordingly.

It is, however, unlikely that security privileges will be completely withdrawn from the former Union ministers.

The SSRC, with the Commissioner and Secretary of the Home Department as Chairperson, also comprises the Additional Director General of Police (Special Branch) and the Director of Bureau of Investigation (Economic Offences) as members.

The in-charge of security of Assam Police�s Special Branch is the member convener of the committee.

Top Assam Police sources told The Assam Tribune that all inputs on threat assessment would be taken from all the Range DIGs or IGs, including the BTAD, during the meeting, and accordingly a comprehensive security cover plan would be chalked out.

Representatives from the Intelligence Bureau are also expected at the meeting.

A source at Dispur confided that the Special Branch of the Assam Police will gauge the threat perception of the existing beneficiaries and accordingly accommodate the new bunch of VVIPs in its list of priority.

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Reduction in security privileges likely

GUWAHATI, May 29 � A reduction in the personal security privileges of some of the political bigwigs, including former Central ministers from Assam, is on the cards with the State Security Review Committee (SSRC) expected to sit for �threat assessment� of both former and newly-elected Members of Parliament early next month.

As things stand today, the meeting could pronounce downsizing of the existing strength of armed security cover of most of the MPs who lost in the recent Lok Sabha polls.

Some of the veterans of the Congress party, including three former Central ministers, faced defeat in this year�s Parliamentary polls.

As for the newly-elected MPs, already �positioning security� cover has been provided and the meeting of the SSRC will reassess the requirement and act accordingly.

It is, however, unlikely that security privileges will be completely withdrawn from the former Union ministers.

The SSRC, with the Commissioner and Secretary of the Home Department as Chairperson, also comprises the Additional Director General of Police (Special Branch) and the Director of Bureau of Investigation (Economic Offences) as members.

The in-charge of security of Assam Police�s Special Branch is the member convener of the committee.

Top Assam Police sources told The Assam Tribune that all inputs on threat assessment would be taken from all the Range DIGs or IGs, including the BTAD, during the meeting, and accordingly a comprehensive security cover plan would be chalked out.

Representatives from the Intelligence Bureau are also expected at the meeting.

A source at Dispur confided that the Special Branch of the Assam Police will gauge the threat perception of the existing beneficiaries and accordingly accommodate the new bunch of VVIPs in its list of priority.

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