New Delhi: Government has issued a directive to the heads of central police organisations and departments to shun British-era "decorative" practices like a battery of junior staff "escorting" their bosses during their visits to government departments and events.
Following the orders of the Union Home Ministry, central police organisations, departments and forces have issued directives to their formations that such practises should be avoided and stopped with immediate effect and officers should not be accompanied by anyone, except, in cases where a subordinates' presence is required for a specific purpose.
"It is commonly seen that whenever there is any movement of police officials besides CPO (central police organisations), there is a mighty show of junior staff to escort the senior officers, generally seen in IPS and allied services.
"Let the staff involved in decorating the senior officer, should be more involved in some productive work because this fashion was needed by Britishers to show their might, now they are our own brethren," the Home Ministry recently wrote to police departments under its command like Delhi Police and forces like CRPF and BSF.
The Ministry, top sources said, issued orders after it received instructions in this regard from the top leadership indicating that the displeasure in this regard was noted by none other than the office of Home Minister Rajnath Singh.
The top bosses of central police organisations, according to orders accessed by PTI, have now directed their formations that "follow up actions must be ensured strictly to avoid such practises, if any, and human resources of the force/department should be put to use judiciously."