Mumbai: The Bombay High Court has directed the State government to file a reply in response to a public interest litigation (PIL) highlighting the ‘sorry state’ of the security personnel deployed at semi-governmental institutions in the city.
A division bench of Justice Vidyasagar Kanade and Justice Mahesh Sonak were hearing a petition filed by All Maharashtra Human Rights Welfare Association.
The petition challenges the inaction of the state government to successfully implement the recommendations of former Governor Ram Pradhan Committee, which passed the Maharashtra State Security Corporation Act in 2010. The Ram Pradhan Committee was formed to inspect the reasons behind the 26/11 Mumbai Terrorist attacks and accordingly the committee had given its findings spelling out the recommendations required to be implemented to combat similar terrorist attacks in the future. Post to the Committee’s report, the state government had passed the said Act which deals with National as well as State security along with several other factors like recruitment, selection, training and service conditions of officers and members of the security force appointed under the said Act.
The petition states that based on the recommendations and the said Act, more than 3000 security personnel are recruited and are deployed at several governmental and semi-governmental institutions including private entities. The petition alleges that the corporation which was constituted to recruit the security force gives only Rs 10, 000 as a salary to the security personnel, despite the Act provides payment of Rs 20, 000 per month.