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Patil’s babus

Former Home Minister Shivraj Patil,who is penning a book on how to respond to terrorism...

Former Home Minister Shivraj Patil,who is penning a book on how to respond to terrorism,has been getting feedback on the quiet from a few bureaucrat sympathisers who “miss” him in North Block. They have told him that a section of the ruling establishment,especially some high-profile UPA leaders,went after Patil because he had refused to entertain some of their requests like providing/ upgrading security cover. The fact,however,is that the former home minister was very generous in providing security cover,including to a section of the glitterati. He wanted a scheme for dedicated security to all MPs. During his tenure,periodic review of security threat perception to the beneficiaries was hardly ever carried out — an exercise supposed to be done annually. However,the Home Ministry babus’ sympathy to Patil is understandable as he stood by them at a time when they faced flak and there was a raging debate on fixing accountability at the bureaucratic level.

First published on: 12-01-2009 at 01:09:10 am
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