What is the PSARA license?
PSARA License is a mandatory requirement for an agency to deploy security guards and engage in Security related services. Private Security agencies who provide security services including training of security guards need to be registered under the Private security agencies regulation act, 2005.
After the enactment of the PSARA (act), it is mandatory for an security agency to obtain Licence from the State Controlling Authority Concerned prior to commencing the business and in case of non compliance the law provides for stringent penal consequences.
What is the PSARA Act?
The full form of PSARA is Private Security Agencies Regulations Act, and this Act provides for the regulation of private security agencies and any matters related to them. Both the houses of the Parliament passed the act and received the consent of the President on June 23rd, 2005. The act came into force on March 15th, 2006. PSARA license permits private security agencies to run and operate by controlling authorities of the respective states where the agencies are functioning.
Benefits of PSARA License:
- It empowers the training Company
- The license attracts more customers as customers need a trustable source especially because it concerns security
- The company can avoid denial of the rights and services to their customers
- Additionally, It helps in securing the trust of the potential customer
- As this is a Govt License, it helps increase Business Credibility of the agency
- It also ensures the smooth and efficient functioning of the organization
Eligibility Criteria for Obtaining PSARA License
Under the PSARA act, those agencies which require PSARA license should fulfil the following requirements:-
- Any Private Limited company, limited liability partnership, one-person company, sole proprietorship, or partnership firm can be registered for PSARA license.
- Additionally, A person shall not be considered for issue of a licence under this Act, if he has been—
- convicted of an offence in connection with promotion, formation or management of a company (any fraud or misfeasance committed by him in relation to the company), including an undischarged insolvent; or
- convicted by a competent court for an offence, the prescribed punishment for which is imprisonment of not less than two years; or
- keeping links with any organisation or association which is banned under any law on account of their activities which pose threat to national security or public order or there is information about such a person indulging in activities which are prejudicial to national security or public order; or
- dismissed or removed from Government service on grounds of misconduct or moral turpitude.
- A company, firm or an association of persons shall also not be considered for issue of a licence under this Act, if, it is not registered in India, or having a proprietor or a majority shareholder, partner or director, who is not a citizen of India.
Eligibility Criteria for Appointment of Security Guard
To become security personnel in any Private Security Agency, one should fulfil the following eligibility requirements:-
- He should be a resident of India
- Additionally, he must fulfil all conditions and physical standards.
- He cannot be over the age of 18 years and under the age of 65 years.
- Must also have the prescribed security training.
- He should not have been convicted or dismissed on any grounds of moral misconduct.
- Any member of Army, Navy, Air force or Police will be given special preference.
Who issues PSARA License?
States authorties issue PSARA permit independently. Separate PSARA License for each state.
What is the validity of the PSARA License?
The PSARA License is substantial for five years from the date of enrollment in most of states. However, the states of Chhattisgarh and Uttarakhand grant for one year. The renewal of PSARA License should be possible beginning from 90 days before the date of expiry.
Is having an ex-Army man on board mandatory for application?
No, it is not necessary to have an ex-army man for application.
Is There Any Time Stipulation On The Controlling Authority To Grant License?
Section 7(4) obliges the Controlling Authority to respond to an application (that is either grant or refuse to grant the license) within 60 days from the date of receipt of complete application