Governor approves new J&K security law for family, self

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The State Administrative Council (SAC) of Jammu and Kashmir has approved a bill to set up a special force for the security of Governor Satya Pal Malik, who heads the council, and his family, The Indian Express reported.

Currenty, the state police’s security wing provides protection to the governor and a Special Security Group works with the chief minister, former chief ministers and their families.

According to the report K Vijay Kumar, an adviser to the governor, said he made the suggestion and it was a “well thought-out decision”. “We didn’t want to mix it with the force protecting the chief ministers,” he said.

Adding that there will be 160 people in this new force. “We could have expanded the SSG [Special Security Group] and tasked them with the governor’s security as well. But that wasn’t proper, especially in J&K.”

Meanwhile the mainstream parties of Jammu and Kashmir have criticized the move, “It seems the governor is making laws at such a speed that isn’t possible even for an elected assembly,” National Conference leader Abdul Rahim Rather said.

“An ordinance is brought in an extraordinary situation when a delay could harm the interests of the state or cause a crisis. Here, the Governor wants to change everything by introducing new laws almost daily.”  He said.

Peoples Democratic Party’s  Nayeem Akhtar said, “the governor has erected a great wall of China around himself”

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