VIP culture is rampant. Police-to-population data, compiled by the Bureau of Police Research and Development (BPR&D), reveals that VIP culture is very much prevalent in the country and it provides data to back up its claims, according to a report by the Times of India. The survey shows that there are 3 cops protecting every VIP in the country, but only one cop for every 663 members of the public. As per the stats, some 20,000 VIPs have on an average three cops to protect each of them while there is a huge shortage of policemen for common citizens. The data states that out of a total 19.26 lakh police officers in the country, 56,944 are deployed just for the safety of 20,828 VIPs across 29 states and six Union territories, which comes to an average of 2.73 cop for every VIP.
The more shocking thing is that while each VIP gets at least 3 cops, more than 600 ordinary civilians have no protection. The data by the BPR&D, Ministry of Home division further shows that VIP culture is more common in the north and east India. Bihar, which has one of the poorest police-to-population ratios, has the maximum number of 3,200 ‘VIPs’ being given protection by 6,248 cops, according to TOI. Following Bihar. West Bengal also has 2,207 ‘VIPs’ that are being protected by 4,233 cops, while originally only 501 cops were sanctioned in the state for such duties. Like West Bengal and Bihar, 1,901 VIPs in the state of Uttar Pradesh are being protected by 4,681 cops. Punjab has 1,852 VIPs protected by as many as 5,315 cops. Lastly, Delhi NCR that houses dignitaries like the Prime Minister and Presidents has 7,420 cops deputed for the protection of 489.
The report quoted an official as saying that the number of cops on VIP duties in Delhi is justified because all important movements and high-profile institutions such as Parliament, Supreme Court, ministries etc run from here.