Only licensed security guards to man Delhi ATMs

The city administration has advised banks to engage only licensed security agencies in their premises and also for their cash-in-transit vans and ATMs to prevent any untoward incidents. Apart from the representatives from different banks, officers from the Delhi Police and private security agencies attended the meeting with the city’s home department. According to the administration, the banks should also ensure that the security guards are adequately trained as per the guidelines framed by it.
In a high-level meeting in which representatives of 28 banks, 30 private security agencies and Arvind Ray, Principal Secretary (home department) were present, it was made clear that services like cash-in transit vans and ATMs should also be handled only by approved security agencies in the national capital. In the meeting, it was clarified that carrying on the business of private security agency without obtaining a license under The Private Security Agencies (Regulation) Act, 2005, is a punishable offence. With an aim to ensure foolproof security at the city’s banks and ATMs, the city administration had decided to approach the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) and private security agencies to prepare a blueprint of security plans. Officials said that during the meeting, provisions of the Private Security Agencies (Regulation) Act, 2005 and the Private Security Agencies (Regulation) Rules, 2009 were explained to the representatives from the banks and the private security agencies. This was done in the context of training of the private security guards and verification of their character and antecedents

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