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Why not pay for special security?

Robert Vadra has Z+ security cover while Mukesh Ambani and Naveen Jindal enjoy Z security cover. While Vadra has cheated the government of India in collusion with the previous Haryana government of Rs 44 crore, Mukesh Ambani’s name most famously appeared in the Nira Radia tapes controversy.

Naveen Jindal, owner of the Jindal group and a former Congress MP from Kurukshetra, Haryana is now in the dock for being allegedly involved in the coal scam. Further, Vadra who is the infamous son-in-law of Congress president Sonia Gandhi, comes automatically under the SPG cover whenever he travels with his wife Priyanka Gandhi and their two children. Unfortunately, in the rush to provide security cover to a few privileged  citizens of a country of 1.2 billion, the common people are happily forgotten all about.

It perhaps seems that the current NDA and the previous UPA governments have been helpless in removing the security cover of these few erudite men and any reasons that they may provide are bound to raise heckles for either of them. Why should the government provide them security? When they are wealthy enough to afford a lifestyle which clearly an ordinary Indian can only dream of, cannot they also pay for keeping an army of security guards by themselves whenever and however they need be? Why do commandos of the Special Protection Group (SPG), CISF, ITBP and Delhi Police should still have to guard them then?

In a country where whistleblowers including officers from the civil services are left to fend for themselves is providing the entire protection paraphernalia justified? It is diabolical that when on one hand the prime minister of the country very keenly attributes his days as a chaiwallah and the simplicity of life back then on the other hand he reportedly seems to somehow overlook this snobbish elitism which exists in India. But someone somewhere has perhaps very rightly said that the kind of respect that a uniform which is paid for by the public exchequer, gets you, nothing else can.

These power hungry gentlemen who unmistakably seem in the horde of making as much money as they can and play the power game in the Indian billionaires list have forgotten that it is at the expense of a very accommodating Indian population that they luxuriate in having public commandos as private guards. Incidentally back in 2012, the government incurred an expenditure of a whopping Rs 1,800 crore whilst ensuring safety for the section of people which only knows how to think about its own upheaval and whose philanthropic initiatives are mere hogwash.
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