Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s daughters Daman Singh and Upinder Singh will have no more the cover of Special Protection Guard (SPG), which has come under review as per the rules but both have decided to surrender the extra cover.
The rule book says that former Prime Ministers and their immediate family members cannot get SPG cover beyond one year from relinquishing the office unless the threat perception is very high. Under this high threat perception come Rajiv Gandhi’s family members including Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Vadra.
However, the SPG cover was withdrawn for former prime minister Deve Gowda from Karnataka after few years, but Dr. Manmohan Singh and his wife will be protected by the SPG men and so is Former PM Atal Behari Vajpayee.
Though NDA government offered one more year of SPG cover, the two daughter have reportedly sought withdrawal of the SPG cover, while Dr. Manmohan Singh’s third daughter who lives in the US was only given SPG cover whenever she visited India in the past.
Daman Singh is a writer and Upinder Singh is a professor of history in Delhi University and no past event of any threat on their lives was reported as they rarely made it known that they were PM’s daughters.
Daman confirmed about the voluntary surrender of SPG cover when she told PTI:”We had made a request and it has been withdrawn.” Reportedly, the process may take some more time as per the procedure. Once SPG cover is withdrawn, Delhi Police will provide security depending upon the need.