When the country’s richest man Mukesh Ambani was given ‘Z’ category security by the congress government, there was furore and he sought to pay the expenditure himself but not so under the new government.
Yoga guru Baba Ramdev has been provided ‘Z’ category security by the central government in view of threats to him, official sources said on Monday without giving details.
The home ministry gave the order after receiving inputs from security agencies, the sources said. “Ramdev was entitled to ‘Z’ category security only within Uttarakhand. Now, he will be given the facility all over the country,” said an official source, according to IANS.
The decision came after Ramdev, the founder of Haridwar-based Patanjali Yogpeeth, met Prime Minister Narendra Modi Nov 4. Ramdev will be guarded by 40 commandos of one of the paramilitary forces round-the-clock, the sources said.
Maintaining 40 commandos is a huge expenditure on the exchequer and the government should have explored the possibility of the VIPs meeting at least half the cost that is paid by the country’s tax payers. Is this another crony capitalism in the guise of security?