The Delhi government has granted licenses to 571 private security agencies this year while 58 applications were rejected and 321 applications are pending due to non-submission of no-objection certificates from the authorities concerned. “The objective of this exercise is to create and prepare a database of private security workforce in Delhi,” said Principal Secretary (Home) Arvind Ray, while giving details of the status of grant of licenses to the security agencies.
“After all the licensed security agencies have furnished online information, we shall have a database of approximately 65,000-70,000 security guards in Delhi, which will be a great help to the government,” he said.
On references from the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), Ray informed that to streamline the monitoring of NHRC cases, the department has nominated nodal officers in all the departments for taking up the cases and submission of their replies in time with requisite certificates or documents for insuring speedy disposal of the cases. He informed that out of 108 cases received from NHRC, the Delhi government has given replies or submitted reports in 55 cases while 53 cases are pending for submission of reply by Home Department.
Apart from this 1,000 NHRC references have been sent to different departments for replies. Ray also informed that a state-of-the-art training institute for skill development of fire protection and prevention will soon be constructed at Budanpur Majara. Apart from this, the reconstruction of fire headquarters at Connaught Place has also been sanctioned. “At present 56 fire stations are functional in the city and six new fire stations are being constructed,” he said.