Mukesh Ambani to foot bill for CRPF cover

Reliance Industries Ltd chairman Mukesh Ambani will have to reimburse the salaries of the CRPF platoon that will be deployed as part of his security detail.

Written by VijaitaSingh | New Delhi | Published: April 23, 2013 1:07:58 am

Reliance Industries Ltd chairman Mukesh Ambani will have to reimburse the salaries of the CRPF platoon that will be deployed as part of his security detail.

Describing him as a national asset,the Ministry of Home Affairs had sanctioned Z category security cover for Ambani and designated the CRPF for the job. The Central force will be take over his security from April 25,officials said.

Around 50 personnel from various units in Maharashtra have been deployed for Ambani’s security. They will be provided accommodation by the protectee. “We have been asked by the MHA that Ambani needs to be protected,so we have made the necessary arrangements,” said Pranay Sahay,DG,CRPF.

Ambani will reimburse around Rs 20 lakh per month to the Central government for availing the VIP security cover from the CRPF. This is the first time that a Central police force has been asked to extend security cover to a private person.

On April 18,the MHA had sent a letter to the CRPF asking them to make arrangements for Ambani’s security. The order came at the behest of Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde,who is learnt to have personally monitored the case. Last month the security team of Ambani reportedly met Shinde and apprised him about his security requirements.

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