NGMA gets CISF protection for G20 exhibition and visit of dignitaries


The Union home ministry has ordered “immediate” deployment of an armed contingent of the CISF to guard the National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA), which will host special events and an exhibition for the spouses and other family members of the dignitaries arriving later this week for the G20 Leaders’ Summit here, official sources said.
The NGMA, under the Union Ministry of Culture, is the country’s premier art institution for modern and contemporary Indian art and is spread over eight acres along the India Gate hexagon in the heart of the national capital.
Its vast collection of art is displayed across multiple gallery floors, an art shop, an auditorium, a preview theatre, and a library.
The Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) has been directed to immediately deploy a contingent to provide armed security cover to the facility in view of the VVIP activities expected there during the G20 Leaders’ Summit on September 9–10, a senior Union home ministry officer said. The facility currently has private security personnel to secure it, and this CISF cover is expected to be regularised after this initial deployment is done in view of the G20 meeting.
The CISF, a central armed police force (CAPF) under the home ministry, has expertise in the field of securing vital installations in the art and culture domain, as it has been guarding the National Museum in Delhi and the Indian Museum in Kolkata for a very long time now, another officer said.