BANGALORE: Home Minister K J George on Wednesday said paying guest (PG) accommodations in the state, especially in cities like Bangalore, will soon come under stringent monitoring.
Replying to a debate on a calling attention motion on the safety of women in PG accommodations, George said Additional Chief Secretary Patnaik has been instructed to formulate guidelines for effective monitoring of PG centres.
The motion was raised by Congress member Motamma and BJP member Tara Anuradha.
George informed the House that stringent measures will be announced after holding consultations with legal experts. Installation of CCTV cameras, maintenance of visitors’ registers, compulsory deployment of private security personnel and registration of PG accommodations with the jurisdictional police stations are some of the measures being considered.
Motamma and Tara expressed concern over the increase in crimes against women at PG accommodations and demanded strict rules to monitor their functioning.
Congress member V S Ugrappa demanded the imposition of 5 or 10 per cent tax on PG centres and the setting up of vigilance committees in police stations to pay surprise visits to PG accommodations to monitor safety measures.