Shillong: Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad Sangma on Monday said that the government is providing security to 103 VIPs as per the ‘yellow book’, a secret document of security arrangement of the Ministry of Home Affairs.
”There is no classification on VIPs in the State government. However, for the purpose of security we adopt the Ministry of Home Affairs directives which categorise protected persons as Z+ protected person, Z category protected person, Y + protected person, Y category protected person and X category protected person,” Sangma said in his reply to opposition Voice of the People Party (VPP) legislator, Ardent Miller Basaiawmoit during the Question Hour.
Currently, there are 103 VIPs in the different categories which include 2 under the Z+ category, 10 under the Z category, 19 Y category and 72 X category, the Chief Minister said, adding that he is restricted from giving too many details on the ‘yellow book’.
Basaiawmoit questioned the state government on the steps it would take against people who are behaving themselves as VIPs.
“In the past four to five years, it seems that there are too many people who behave themselves as VIPs by putting tinted glass on their vehicles and even on vehicles without a registration number. We have witnessed that they even used the VIP siren,” the VPP legislator said.
Basaiawmoit also referred to the Supreme Court judgment banning the use of tinted glass, restricting visions beyond permissible limits as fixed under the Motor Vehicles Act, in vehicles.
To this, the Chief Minister said that the government is adhering to all the rules that are there.
“In fact, even in my personal vehicle I don’t put tinted glass. We are ensuring that we practice what we preach. We have taken immediate action when we notice any such things,” Sangma said.