Central Association of Private Security Industry (CAPSI) and Association of Private Detectives and Investigators organised two day 14th Security Leadership Summit 2019 at PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PHDCCI) on November 15, 2019, where LawStreet Journal was the media partner. Santosh Kumar Gangwar, MoS (Independent Charge), Ministry of Labour & Employment and G. Kishan Reddy, MoS, MHA were the chief guest at the event hosted by Chairman of CAPSI & APDI, Kunwar Vikram Singh. The two day conference was organised with the aim to discuss welfare and development issues related to the private security industry, the PSARA governance and also the role of youth in civil society.Securing My Square Inch of MotherlandDuring the conference, Kunwar Vikram Singh launched a movement ‘Securing My Square Inch of Motherland’, and said that the purpose of this movement is to involve the private security industry and 9 million people working in it to secure one inch of the motherland. “The government has launched a program Swachh Bharat to keep the entire nation clean, however, there is lack of monitoring. The owners of the private security industries will tell their security guards that wherever you are working you will not allow anybody to throw garbage. Moreover, this is our responsibility to keep a check on the generation of pollution by immediately informing the concerned department,” the chairman said.He also emphasized the role of private security industry in protecting women and eradicating corruption and terrorism from the country. In this regard, the chairman requested the ministers present at the conference to establish a mechanism through which private security industry can provide valuable information to the government departments. The chairman clarified that for delivering the information the industry will not charge any money.Vision of a secure India Talking on the topic ‘Vision of a secure India’, D.K. Aggarwal, President, PHDCCI, said that “Today India has the highest unemployment rate with almost 3 crore 10 lakh people being unemployed. 47 million people are below extreme poverty. In hunger index India ranks 102 out of 117 countries. In gender gap by World Economic Forum, India ranks 108 out of 119 countries. Our income inequality is one of the highest, however, there is always a hope. This government has talked about taking Indian economy to 5 trillion dollar economy by 2024-25. By 2030 we should be a 10 trillion dollar economy and by 2045 I predict we would be a 20 trillion dollar economy to the size of the US economy. If we are to the size of US economy, I am sure that whatever problems I have highlighted they will all be over.”Further talking about the need to reform the Indian police forces which is largest in the world, Mr. Aggarwal said that “We have 80 lakh cognizable offences reported every year. We have 3 crore cases pending in the courts. It takes almost 20 years to get the appeal heard in the higher court. The conviction rates have come down to 25%. I believe that the police force needs to be transformed.”How Indian police force could be transformed?Mr. Aggarwal continuing his speech has suggested number of ways to transform the Indian police force. He said that “there is a need to increase the police force as according to the UN the ideal police force is 220 people per one lakh citizen but in our country the ratio is just 1:5.” Full usage of the technology, enhancement in the skills of the police personnel and increase engagement of the police with the community, are some of the other suggestions that he talked about.
National Security and Internal Security both are interlinkedUday Mahurkar, Deputy Editor, India Today who graced the dais with his presence talked about the increasing role of the private security industry. He said that the “national security and internal security both are interlinked. The private security industry can play a role in complementing the police. This would create a significant difference in the security apparatus of the government.”
Mr. Uday stressed on the need to introduce the unorganized section of the private security industry into the mainstream, pointing out that this is not a profit making proposition but this is a proposition to serve our country.Purpose of Modi government is ‘Minimum Government and Maximum Governance’Highlighting the reforms that Modi government is introducing to safeguard the interest of workers in the formal sector, particularly the working class, Labour & Employment Minister Santosh Gangwar said that the purpose of this government is “Minimum government and maximum governance.”The minister in the conference said that the government has decided to streamline multiple labour laws into a set of four labour codes. Out of these four labour codes, the government has passed the Code of Wages, 2019, which allows the Centre to set a minimum statutory wage and also ensures timely payment of wages to all employees and workers. He also announced a mega pension scheme wherein people with monthly income up to Rs 15,000 will get monthly pension of Rs 3000 once they attain the age of 60. The scheme covers people in both organised and unorganised sectors.Government aims to run on ‘One Nation, One Constitution, One Mission’ Policy Union Minister G. Kishan Reddy specking on the abrogation of Article 370 said that the government aims to run on “one nation, one constitution, one mission” policy. He supported the imposition of Section 144 in the state of Jammu & Kashmir by stating that the government has the responsibility to check the security of the nation. The minister also spoke on the Ayodhya Judgment passed by the Supreme Court on November 9, 2019, and said that the apex court has solved the problem which was in existence for 400 years.Further talking on the topic of security, Mr. Reddy said that the “people working in the internal security have the utmost responsibility to provide security to the people. Police cannot provide security everywhere but people working in the private security agencies can.”He saluted all the members of the private security agencies for ensuring smooth and peaceful functioning of the nation. Calling them the real chowkidars, the minister also mooted the idea of instituting ‘PM Best Chowkidar’ award for deserving private security personnel.In the end, V.V. Katti, President, CAPSI has proposed the vote of thanks to all the dignitaries present on the dais including Mahesh Sharma (Secretary General, CAPSI), Dan Rusu (President, World Association of Detectives) and Anil Puri (National Vice President & Chairman Ethics Committee (GST)).