The government does not allow people possessing armed licence to use it for commercial purposes which is why private security agencies are finding difficulty in employing armed guards, said Mahesh Sharma, secretary general, Capsi.
Sharma told FE, We have urged the ministry of home and police commissioners that arms and ammunitions licence should be given to the private security agencies. We have also assured them that we will issue the arms only to the ex-service men and not to an ordinary person. The matter is now under their consideration.
Sharma further said, With the Common Wealth Games around the corner, the private security industry would be requiring more armed security guards and at present they are not sufficient.
Estimates put the number of privately employed security personnel in India at roughly double the number of the government police.
At present, there are more than then 65 lakh private security personnel in India and the number is growing at 25 % per annum.