Private Security to have 50% local personnel

A lot of focus is being put on development of Goa and in the same direction, the government has announced a path breaking decision. In order to provide more jobs in Goa, the private security will see more admissions from the locals of Goa from now on.

A new condition has been put in place to obtain licence for private security. According to the new directives, is an agency wants to get licence for private security, then it has to make sure that 50% of the personnel including guards and supervisors should be local residents of the state. The changes have been made in the Goa Private Security Agencies Rules, 2008 and were announced by way of official gazette on Friday.

The change is made by way of adding a new clause to the Rule 13 that requires a security agency to have a minimum number of locals as employees in order to get licence for providing the concerned services. Furthermore, these employees will have to be kept in the agency for a period of atleast 5 years, as stated by the home department.

An official has said that the reasons behind this decision go deeper than just ensuring employment for the locals. After the incident of sensational murder of the perfumer Monika Gurde in Sangolda in October 2016 it is felt that the guards should be local. The police fears the involvement of the security guard on duty in the said case. Man named Rajkumar Singh from Punjab was the security guard at the building where she was residing.

In the year 2005, the Private Security Agencies (Regulation) Act, 2005, was enacted by the Centre, providing for the regulation of private security agencies and the services provided by them. The Goa Private Security Agencies Rules were notified in 2008. Since then, it has been mandated that no person could open a security agency without obtaining a licence.

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