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All the public and private sector banks on Thursday transported currency notes in cash vans fitted with GPS tracking devices and CCTV cameras that have15-day backup footage to track activities of thei
All the public and private sector banks on Thursday transported currency notes in cash vans fitted with GPS tracking devices and CCTV cameras that have15-day backup footage to track activities of their crew in the national capital. The private security agencies hired by the banks have started following the standard operating procedure for safe transportation of cash in Delhi. The new safety measures are being taken by the private agencies in wake of a spurt of attacks on cash vans and vaults, ATM frauds, and other internal misappropriation done by the employees. The cash vans have also been equipped with the latest distress alarm gadgets. The Union government has told the licensed private security agencies to ensure that their cash vans do not carry more than Rs 5 crore per trip in Metros. These vans can carry a maximum of Rs 10 crore per trip only after additional deployment of security guards.
For each cash van, the government has made it mandatory to have one driver, two armed security guards and two ATM officers. The agencies employing people for cash van service have to get their police clearance certificate, residence verification, Aadhaar database and credit history along with a thorough background check of their previous employer.
Reports suggest that over 8,000 privately-owned cash vans are plying all over the country. These vans, operated by non-bank private agencies, act as service providers for the banking sector. These agencies are reportedly carrying over Rs 15,000 crore each day on behalf of these banks. They are also holding over Rs 5,000 crore overnight on behalf of the banks at their private cash vaults. The government has also made it clear that only those agencies, which are licensed under the Private Security Agencies Regulation Act (2005), will be eligible to operate cash van services for the banking sector. A senior officer said that all cash transportation and ATM cash replenishment activities can be carried out in secured vans owned by the licensed private security agencies.