MHA Launches PSARA Web Portal

The Ministry of Home Affairs, GoI has recently launched a website www.psara.gov.in on the Private Security Agencies (Regulation) Act 2005, which regulates the private security sector in India. The objective of the portal is to enable individuals, and public and private offices to easily access the provisions of the Act and know whether a particular agency has a valid license. This portal will help enhance the enforcement of licensing provisions and effectively curb the existence of unlicensed agencies. This will also help in improving compliance relating to the verification of…

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Delhi High Court Orders Unfreezing of SSSDC Bank Accounts

The Court of Hon’ble Justice Vibhu Bakhru upheld that the communication issued by National Skill Develop Corporation (NSDC) on 9 January 2018 to the AXIS Bank directing it to freeze the bank accounts of the petitioner i.e., Security Sector Skill Development Council (SSSDC), was plainly without any authority of law and accordingly that has been set aside. The Court asked Abhinav Vashisht, the senior counsel appearing for NSDC, to indicate any provision of law that authorises his client to take such action. Mr Vashisht contended that as the petitioner was…

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MoU Signed under RPL to Train over 3 Lakh Guards at FICCI-PSIC 2018

During the recently held FICCI – PSIC 2018 (3 August 2018), seventeen security guard agencies showed their commitment and came forward to sign MoUs with the Management and Entrepreneurship & Professional Skills Council (MEPSC) to impart training to over 3.17 lakh  security guards under the government’s ‘Recognition of Prior Learning’ (RPL) scheme. The companies included SIS India, G4S, Peregrine, Checkmate, NISA, SMS Security, Orion, Terrier, Raxa-GMR and so on. Addressing a gathering of over 300 security professionals at the ‘Private Security Industry Conclave, Dharmendra Pradhan, Minister of Skill Development and…

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Government Assured Relief in GST Rate for Private Security Industry at FICCI PSIC – 2018

While inaugurating the FICCI – Private Security Industry Conclave on 3 August 2018, Shiv Pratap Shukla, Minister of State for Finance, GoI, assured the private security industry that the Finance Ministry is actively considering FICCI’s recommendations to reduce the GST rate levied on the private security agencies to minimise its impact on the industry and capitalise on its job-creation potential. FICCI organized its annual event PSIC – 2018 on the theme of – ‘Job Creation & Skill Development.’ “There is a merit in the demand for reduction of GST rate to…

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