I’ve told police not to salute me when I pass by them: Fadnavis
Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Sunday said he had asked the police not to salute him every time he passes by them.
“I feel, today, Chief Minister do not require to be saluted every time he passes by traffic cops. I have told police force in Maharashtra to do away with this system as I am not in favour of all this,” Fadnavis said at the ongoing ‘Women Economic Forum’ in the city.
The Chief Minister added that he had decided to cut down the number of convoy cars from five to two except while travelling in sensitive areas. “I don’t believe in VVIP culture. This was a culture created during the British rule and at some point of time even after independence the VVIP and security culture was needed,” he said.
“But today we don’t need that culture as India is a free country. British introduced the concept of VVIP, wherein the police force has to salute them every time they pass by. The concept was introduced as British wanted to prove themselves superior, they wanted to rule the country,” the CM said.
“But now India is a free country. I believe that it is pointless to have unwanted security or using excess number of convoys to Chief Minister and council of Ministers. This is wastage of manpower,” Fadnavis added. “No doubt you require additional security when you travel in some sensitive areas or when it is protocol but not always,” he said.
Two dists to be free of farmer suicide: Fadnavis
In the next two years, Maharashtra’s two districts – Yavatmal and Osmanabad – would be free of farmer suicides, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said on Sunday. “During my recent visit to Israel, I have sought the help of Shimon Peres Foundation in helping farmers in Maharashtra who are ending their lives in large numbers due to agrarian crisis,” he said.