Goa CM Parrikar decides to have minimum security
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Last Updated: Friday, March 09, 2012, 21:34
Panaji: On the first day in the office, Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar on Friday asked the police to review the security provided to all the VIPs, and said he himself would have only a minimal security cover.

He told PTI that he would travel with a single personal security officer (PSO), and use an escort car only if required genuinely. "I need not be afraid of anyone in my own state. I don't know why previous Chief Ministers used to have so many securitymen," he said.

The new CM also said that he would not have any security at his private residence in Mapusa town.

Within hours of taking the charge, Parrikar ordered security review of all VIPs including former Chief Ministers and ministers.

"Security review is applicable even for current Chief Minister and ministers," he said, reading the notings of the first cabinet meeting.

Parrikar, as opposition leader, had questioned in the assembly the excessive security provided to the ministers in the Digambar Kamat government. It was also alleged that policemen were being used for minister's personal chores such ferrying kids to and from the school.

Parrikar also said that the cabinet today decided to ask Goa Sadan, a state government-run body in New Delhi, to follow up the progress of Goa Lokayukta Bill.

"The bill was sent to Governor on January 21 and thereafter referred to Centre (for President's assent)," he said.

The BJP-led government has also decided to fulfil its promise of plastic garbage-free highways. "PWD has been asked to submit a report on how they will clean up and collect the garbage and what would be the dumping site," he said.

The government today also decided to re-nominate heads of all the state-run corporations by replacing Congress-led government's appointees.


First Published: Friday, March 09, 2012, 21:34

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