Ramesh calls VIP security system ridiculous

Irked over being held up in traffic by the Army Chief’s security, Union Minister Jairam Ramesh on Wednesday criticised the “ridiculous” VIP security system in the country, which according to him is “state within a state within a state” where there is no accountability.

The furious Rural Development minister said he would write to Defence Minister A K Antony, who doesn’t keep a security ring around him, about the military police taking over Delhi Police’s duty and clearing the routes for service chiefs when they move around the national capital.

Ramesh, who never uses a red beacon on his vehicle, said his car was blocked near the Army chief’s residence in the afternoon by military police when he was going to Teen Murti to attend a meeting.

“It is ridiculous....Mr Antony does not do this. There is no security to Antony at all. And they (Military) have their own policemen to regulate traffic. That is wrong. Delhi Police should regulate traffic... I am going to write about this to Antony,” the minister said.
Ramesh said once he was blocked by military security in the city when he was walking to his home after work.

“It was done for the smooth passage of the Army chief’s convoy,” said Ramesh who takes a 40-minute walk to his official residence in Lodhi Garden without security after work at the Rural Development Ministry office at Krishi Bhavan here.

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