Reliance Industries Chairman Mukesh Ambani is the latest among 200-odd people in Mumbai who are provided heightened security by the central government. The categories are termed Z-plus, Z, Y and X.
The Z-category for Ambani means an armed commando squad will guard him all 24 hours in a day. It is given to only those with a very high security threat perception.
Apart from a few politicians and government officials, those getting it — industrialists, film stars, builders — have to pay for the cost.
According to Union home ministry rules, the deployment of troopers for Ambani would also be on a cost-reimbursement basis. He would have to pay Rs 15-16 lakh a month and also provide barracks for the personnel.