The life of Sheila

Lalu Prasad …has Z Plus security cover with NSG commandos
guarding him….even when he was pronounced convicted in fodder scam and
put inside Birsa Munda jail. The NSG, of course could not stay inside
the jail. The commandos were back on duty once he was released on bail.

This (and many others) can be made into a fine Monty Python sketch but Indian media is too deferential towards politicians. 

Sheila Dixit was the Chief Minister of Delhi during the disaster that was the Delhi Commonwealth Games. When told that an over-bridge collapsed and killed some laborers (just like in Brazil yesterday) she responded that “no VIPs were going to use the bridge.”

This and other acts of arrogance directly led to her humiliating loss to Arvind Kejriwal in the Delhi elections. But politicians never ever lose their privileges. She was appointed by the previous Congress regime as the present governor of Kerala. The BJP wants her out which may not be the right constitutional thing to do. But one major benefit will be that she will lose her immunity and be open to corruption charges. 
As Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit lived a regal life. No surprises
that she does not want to leave the opulent perks that come with the
high constitutional office of Kerala Governor. 

Resigning from that post,
as desired by the Modi government would not just take away her immunity
to be prosecuted in a criminal case but will also force her to live
life as an ordinary citizen, howsoever affluent and connected, but pay
for wasteful services enjoyed.

When the whole of Delhi used to sweat it out during summer, both due to
power outage and high electricity tariff,s Sheila forced government
agencies to fix 31 Air conditioners and 15 desert coolers at her
official 3 Motilal Nehru residence. She also did not need to pay the
electricity bills. And it was not only the fact that she wanted to stay
cool in the summer. She also ensured that during winters, all corners of
her house were kept adequately warm. In addition to 25 heaters that
were installed in various corners, 12 geysers of 50 litre and 25 litre
capacity were fixed to ensure an uninterrupted supply of warm water in

The bungalow has sprawling manicured lawns, made up as per the taste of
the former Delhi chief minister. This type VIII bungalow is spread
across an area of three acres.

These revelations have been made in an RTI response to queries made by
the noted RTI activist Subash Agrawal. It also comes to light that the
former Delhi chief minister now Governor of Kerala, had sundry household
and kitchen durables bought on government expenses. She did not
consider it necessary to buy these things herself for her own use.

These included things like two RO system (water purifier) , refrigerator
not one but two (265 litre and 310 litre), 16 air purifiers, two
microwave ovens, hot case, toaster, three TVs etc.

These were the items which were removed by the CPWD when they came to
renovate and refurnish the house to make it a post re-retirement home
for former prime minister Manmohan Singh. The CPWD added in its response
that “the AC’s and other fixture have been partially utilized in
various Government offices as per the requirement”.

Agrawal said, “Consumption of electricity and expenses on such a large
fleet of electrical equipment can be well imagined that too at a time
when austerity-drive was there in existence with shortage of electricity
for commoners having been a common phenomenon. Our elected
representatives should be role-model citizens adopting austerity in
their personal lives especially when it is at cost of tax-payers’ money.
Enquiry should also be made if former Delhi chief minister was entitled
for such princely facilities, and necessary action may be taken against
concerned ones responsible for allowing expenses more than permissible

If Sheila will have to explain for her pompous living on public
expenditure, some other UPA benefactors who still continue to live with
walking symbol of VVIP culture, Z Plus and Z category security will get
anxious moments in days to come. It would be left to their lobbying
capacity to see whether or not they are removed from the list of high
and mighty.

In most cases Z Plus or Z category security has come as perk of power
than due to any genuine threat perception. The Union home ministry has
begun the “review”. But to avoid the consequent political storm, Home
Minister Rajnath Singh may like the “review” process to take its own
sweet time, till mid-August when budget session of Parliament concludes.

Lalu Prasad, for instance has Z Plus security cover with NSG commandos
guarding him. It presented a unique sight when NSG was by his side,
protecting him even when he was pronounced convicted in fodder scam and
put inside Birsa Munda jail. The NSG, of course could not stay inside
the jail. The commandos were back on duty once he was released on bail.

The ever growing list of VVIP protectees saw too many inclusions in the
list. Besides, Lalu, Beni Prasad Verma, Amar Singh, Manish Tiwari,
Pratap Singh Bajwa, Pramod Tiwari, Brajesh Pathak, Satish Chandra
Mishra, Naveen Jindal, journalist Anirudh Bahal of Cobrapost and former
Union minister Matang Sinh some of those who were given security of
varying category Z Plus, Z or Y during the UPA regime. Two BJP leaders –
Shahnawaz Hussain and Rajiv Pratap Rudy were accorded ‘Z’ category

The list of VIP protectee has 427 names, 346 Central protectee and 81
local. Over 35 are in Z Plus category, more than 50 in Z category. A Z
plus protectee has 36 commandos guarding him, in Z category 22 commandos
guard him, in Y category 11 security personnel are attached to the VIP
and in X category two policemen guard him.





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