1. Centre grants Z-plus security cover for Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath

Centre grants Z-plus security cover for Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath

The Z plus security cover has been granted to the newly appointed Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, Yogi Adityanath by the Narendra Modi-led central government.

By: | New Delhi | Updated: March 30, 2017 6:58 PM
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The Z plus security cover has been granted to the newly appointed Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, Yogi Adityanath by the Narendra Modi-led central government on Thursday. Under the Z-plus cover, 36 personnel including 10 + National Security Guards (NSG) and police officers will guard the Chief Minister. Security cover is given to Prime Minister, President, Vice President, Supreme Court, High Court Judges, State Governors, Service Chiefs of Indian Armed Forces, Chief Ministers and Cabinet Ministers depending upon the threat perception which is provided by the Intelligence department. There are 4 categories of security threat: Z + being the highest and X being the lowest level.

While a person under Z-plus security is entitled to have 36 personnel, people under the Z category are to have 22 personnel, under Y category they get 11 personnel and under X they get 5 or 2 personnel. The Home Ministry headed by Rajnath Singh has the power to withdraw the category of security to a person based on the threat perception. Earlier, Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal was given Z-plus security cover, in the wake of the threats from insurgents and militants such as the ULFA and Bodo, according to an Indian Express report.

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CM Yogi Adityanath addressed the state assembly for the first time since taking oath as the CM. Addressing the Vidhan Sabha, Yogi Adityanath said that no community in the state would be discriminated against as the government and the opposition will work united, towards public welfare. He further also congratulated independent MLA, Hriday Narayan Dixit on becoming the speaker of the Uttar Pradesh Assembly. He then spoke to the BJP MLAs and ministers in the state and their use of the red light on government vehicles. Adityanath acknowledged that these leaders were in charge of the 22 crore people of Uttar Pradesh and thus were entitled to a few privileges but they were to use these privileges with caution.

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