Advertisement

HindustanTimes Sat,20 Sep 2014

U’khand govt flooded with applications for ‘gunners’

Anupam Trivedi, Hindustan Times  Dehradun, December 14, 2012
First Published: 21:03 IST(14/12/2012) | Last Updated: 21:05 IST(14/12/2012)
It’s not just mad rush for ‘red beacons’ among Congress workers in Uttarakhand. Also the demand for ‘gunners’ is equally soaring in the hill state. Bahuguna government is flooded with such applicants seeking ‘gunners’.
 
The erstwhile Congress government headed by ND Tiwari was liberal in doling out red beacons and gunners to the party workers. However the present Congress Chief Minister Vijay Bahuguna giving second thought to such demands.
 
“I have so far received more than 500 applications requesting for gunners but I am not for distributing gunners on the cost of exchequers money” told CM Bahuguna to Hindustan Times on Friday.
 
Nonetheless sources say among applicants for gunners, many are Congress leaders. Considered as status symbol among the political class, gunners are in high demand in the hill state despite the fact that majority of the applicant does not face any threat.
 
A Congress leader Ram Kumar Walia who enjoyed red beacon position in the Tiwari government has been seeking both red beacon and gunner.
 
“So far I have been allotted a gunner” said elated Walia.
 
As per rules one gets gunner after verification from the local intelligence unit and police about the life threat. CM accepts he has been receiving several recommendations for gunners.
 
“I am assessing whether one really faces life threat. So far I have okayed only 15 gunners” CM Bahuguna, who also holds home ministry added.
 
On an average a gunner costs anything between Rs. 20-25 thousands per month to the police department. Usually leaders appointed either as chairman, vice chairman or members in various committees or boards are entitled for gunner.
Advertisement

Advertisement
more from India

35 Chinese PLA soldiers return to Chumar, sit on a hillock

Official sources said about 35 PLA men returned to Chumar in northeast Ladakh and were perched on a hillock claiming the area to be part of China while another 300 soldiers were maintaining presence close to Line of Actual Control.
Advertisement
Most Popular
Advertisement
Advertisement
Copyright © 2014 HT Media Limited. All Rights Reserved