The state government has decided to install CCTV cameras at the official residences of all ministers. However, the move has not gone down well with some of them.
Stating that it will be an intrusion into their privacy, the ministers have raised objections to the plan.
“With cameras operating 24x7, all the activities of our residences would be recorded. It doesn't seemed to be a good idea,” the ministers are learnt to have told the estate department staff that visited their residences on Saturday for installation.
“Since the state government had already deployed security personnel at the residences of the ministers, the electronic gadgets would be a burden on the state exchequer,” said stamp and registration minister Durga Prasad Yadav.
Then, there are many who feel the idea is the brainchild of officers and could be used in settling political scores.
“It will help the top bosses, including the chief minister, get access to information about political hobnobbing,” said a minister while insisting that not only the ruling party leaders/workers, but those from the opposition camp also visit them often.
“The CCTV cameras would send a wrong message that we are entertaining opponents and could turn out to be a handy weapon in the hands of opponents to launch vilification campaign,” he said.
Urban development minister Azam Khan seemed to be an exception. He is learnt to have urged the estate department to install seven CCTV cameras at his residence.
"The CCTV cameras will strengthen the security system and the ministers should welcome it," he said.
Estate officer RK Yadav said, "The decision to install CCTV cameras at the residence of ministers was taken for security purpose.
A large number of people visit the residence of the ministers everyday and it is not possible for the security guards deployed there to keep a watch on each of them."
He said, CCTV cameras would also be installed at the residence of the MLAs and MLCs staying in government colonies or multistoreyed buildings located in various parts of the city.
At a later stage, the cameras would also be installed at government-run guesthouses.