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62 city VVIPs owe Rs 5 cr for security cover

NEW DELHI: The VIP security cover for some of city’s richest citizens is taking its toll on the government exchequer. According to latest data, 62 VVIPs owe Rs 5 crore as dues to the State Home Department. Despite official reminders, they have refused to pay the dues.

The list includes industrialists, politicians, actors, and filmmakers, and is drawn up at the end of 2015. Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis in his written reply to the lower house on Tuesday refused to give reasons for the delay but assured that necessary follow up was being carried out to recover the dues.

The Z, Z+, Y, and X category security covers are provided by a Chief Minister-led Security Review Committee depending on threat perception.

Y-Category includes 11 police personnel along with one personal security officer and an armed guard, the Z category includes an additional escort jeep, while Z+ is considered equivalent to an SPG cover with 30 personnel.

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