Pvt security personnel can be used in traffic management: VK Singh

New Delhi, Nov 16 () Exhorting private security agencies to adopt modern technologies to expand operations, Union Minister VK Singh on Saturday said private security guards can help government agencies in affairs like traffic management, pollution monitoring and crowd management through use of drones and CCTV operations.

Minister of State for Road, Transport and Highways, Singh was addressing 'Security Leadership Summit' organised by Central Association of Private Security Industry (CAPSI) at PHD Chamber here.

"Today governments do not have enough resources and manpower to meet daily requirements of general public. Here private security agencies can play a major role, but they need to train their personnel in modern and upcoming technologies to gain trust of government agencies who can delegate them routine works like traffic management, pollution monitoring, crowd management and cyber security," Singh was quoted as saying in a statement issued by CAPSI here.

The scope is immense for private security agencies to reinvent themselves and prepare for future challenges, Singh added. Advertisement

The minister said Indian private security industry needs to tap foreign markets where there is a shortage of manpower like Europe and Gulf nations.

"There is a global manpower shortage which Indian private security agencies need to tap to expand their business, but for that they should improve and enhance their skills. Improvement in quality and perfection is needed.

"Industry needs to hire more technically qualified people to upscale skills and preparedness of personnel. Specialised cadres need to be created keeping in mind changing security scenario," he added.

Speaking at the event, CAPSI Chairman Kunwar Vikram Singh said private security agencies were ready to help government in carrying out day-to-day work needed to make life easier and safer for common man.

"Our industry is also aware about growing need for private security personnel in foreign markets and we are working on it. A market of 1.5 crore private security personnel abroad is there to tap for us and we are exploring that," he added. Singh thanked present Government for timely amendments in the Private Security Agency Regulation (PSARA) Act that has helped streamlining and growth of private security Agency. Advertisement

"Under PM Modi, private security industry has seen implementation of various progressive policies and reforms in laws. Our sector is growing at almost 50 per cent. Today private security agencies employs around 90 lakh personnel, making it one of the top employers. We hope to cross 2 crore workforce within next few years," Singh added. NAM LUX MR MR

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