Certain amendments proposed in the Private Security Agencies Central Model Rules, 2006 will make the Licensing Portal more useful and ensure more effective compliance of the Act in the digital era besides promote ease of doing business, an official press release has said.
The recently launched Private Security Agency Licensing Portal features a single-window system for licensing across the country, linked with Integrated Criminal Justice System (ICJS) for antecedent verification, online payment of licensing fees, along with facilities of e-sign and geo-tagging.
The amendments in the model rules have been necessitated for making this portal more useful, the release said. The amendments seek insertion of linkage with Integrated Criminal Justice System (ICJS) for antecedent verification digitally in place of manual verification.
It would align the Model Rules with the National Skill Qualification Framework (NSQF) made mandatory from December 27, 2018, by the Government. Certain provisions that previously could be carried out by only offline methods will be digitized.
It will enable electronic payment of the fee along with banker’s cheque or demand draft. It will improve ease of doing business for private security agencies operating in more States than one by ironing out practical difficulties being faced by them.
The Private Security Agencies Central Model Rules, 2006 were formulated to prescribe details of enforcement of the provisions of the principal Act. The States/UTs adopted these Rules by notifying their separate Rules.
The Government proposes to amend the Model Rules so as to ensure more effective compliance of the Act in the light of technological advancement in the digital era and promote ease of doing business.
The private security industry is a crucial component of security and safety in society. With the expansion of economic activities, the private security sector has been growing very fast and as per one estimate 90 lakh persons are employed in this sector, the release said.
The Private Security Agencies (Regulation) Act, 2005 regulates the functioning of the private security agencies through Controlling Authorities appointed by the State Governments and UT Administrations. The Ministry of Home Affairs administers this Act and formulates Model Rules thereunder.
The Ministry published the proposed draft of the Private Security Agencies Central (Amendment) Model Rules, 2019 on November 6. Comments/suggestions are to be sent on or before December 6.
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