Uttar Pradesh Special Security Force: All you need to know

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NEW DELHI: Uttar Pradesh government rolled out a blueprint of ‘Uttar Pradesh Special Security Force’ (UPSSF) this week which the administration said aims to protect key establishments and provide security cover to the VIPs similar to how Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) operates.
Here is all you need to know about UPSSF:
* The announcement to form the UPSSF came at the heels of Allahabad high court direction to the state government to constitute a specialised force to protect civil courts, upcoming airports, Metro rails besides providing security to VIPs and VVIPs.
* UPSSF will be given special powers and its members would be able to make arrests or search without a warrant issued by a magistrate.
* The government may frame rules through an ordinance to run this force. A detailed plan in this regard will be prepared by the Director General of Police (DGP).
* The security force may be provided to the banks, too, if required. The force will remain under the jurisdiction of UP DGP and led by an additional director general- rank officer.
* As per the plan, the government will recruit 9,919 security personnel in five battalions of the special force.
* An estimated Rs 1,747 crore is expected to be spent per year on these battalions.
* In the first phase, the government will take the help of PAC (Provincial Armed Constabulary) for putting in place the requisite infrastructure and manpower. Initially, PAC jawans will be inducted while the special force will be constituted over the next one year.

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