Subramanian Swamy to get govt accommodation on security ground

The central government has decided to provide government accommodation to BJP leader Subramanain Swami in view of the security threat following the court verdict in the National Herald case.

As per security threat assessment carried out by central security agency, there is a felt need for proper government accommodation for Swamy for effective deployment of security and accordingly the CCA recommended government accommodation for him for five years, sources said.

The Cabinet Committee on Accommodation (CCA) chaired by home minister Rajnath Singh on Friday also allowed former Punjab DGP K P S Gill and chairman of Anti-Terrorism Front M S Bitta to retain their accommodations on the same grounds.

Gill and Bitta were allowed to retain their present government accommodation for three more years – till May, 2018 based on security considerations at special license fee of five times the normal.

Chief minister of Uttarakhand Harish Rawat has also been allowed to retain government accommodation in the national capital for one more year on medical grounds, according to the decision taken by the CCA.

According to sources, the CCA also decided to allot government accommodation to A Surya Prakash, chairman of Prasar Bharati, for the period of his tenure.

Sources said Swamy will be provide Z-category protection with CRPF cover and there is no place at his present place of residence for deployment of armed guards.

Swamy's security is being reviewed from time to time by Security Categorisation Committee in the ministry of home affairs.

As per security threat assessment carried out by central security agency, there is a felt need for proper government accommodation for Swamy for effective deployment of security and accordingly recommended government accommodation for him for five years, the sources said, adding that the former union minister will have to pay five times the normal licence fee.