NEW DELHI: A special commando-trained squad of paramilitary troops has taken over security duties at the Parliament House complex, days before the first Budget Session of the new government commences.
The commandos and security personnel of this squad called the Parliament Duty Group (PDG) is drawn from country's largest paramilitary force-- the Central Reserve Police Force and it was first mooted to be raised in the aftermath of the 2001 Parliament terror attack.
"The squad has fully taken over the security duties at Parliament complex. The troops have been deployed here for sometime and they have been briefed about their task. They will secure the complex round-the-clock," a senior security officer said.
The first Budget session of Prime Minister Narendra Modi led government will begin from July 7.
The squad, which will be in-charge of overall security of the complex which comprises the main Parliament House, reception office building, Sansadiya Gyanpeeth (Parliament library building) and Parliament House Annexe will coordinate the task of securing VVIPs, Parliamentarians and other visitors along with Delhi Police, Parliament Security staff and NSG commandos.
The over 1,500 personnel-strong PDG will comprise of those personnel and officers of the CRPF who have undertaken not only commando and tactics training but also of tackling natural emergencies.
The unit will function under the operational command of the Additional Secretary (Security) of Parliament House with the overall in-charge being the Director General of CRPF.