Security agencies want licence for arms, ammunitions

Written by Neha Pal | New Delhi | Updated: Dec 28 2009, 04:49am hrs
The Central Association of Private Security Industry (Capsi) has written to the home ministry and police commissioners to grant arms and ammunitions licence to the private security agencies. At present, security agencies do not have armed licence.

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.