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Why is Pratibha Patil and her family still getting security cover?
At a time when availability of police is being demanded more for common people rather than for its misuse for security of politicians - it is indeed shocking and regrettable that a large numbers of family members of former President Pratibha Patil, and herself, are still enjoying the security cover meant exclusively for a sitting President.

THE UNION Home Ministry has failed to respond to repeated requests from the Maharashtra government to withdraw such highly costly facility, and unwanted cost on the state exchequer, which is funded by tax payers’ hard-earned money.

Persons appointed to the country’s highest post should have the moral courage and basic decency to ask authorities to reduce unnecessary post-retirement expenses made on them and their families. But such thinking cannot be expected from a person who became the most controversial President of India - and allegedly misused the highest office of the nation for leisure and pleasure of her family. 

In fact, she continued make her friends and relations enjoy at the expense of public money through luxury trips in and outside the country - despite severe criticism from the media and the public. She was also known for having desired a palatial bungalow in Pune, an idea which had to be abandoned under public pressure. The President's Secretariat had to later request her to give back the gift items, which were transferred to her family trust in Pune. 

The Union Home Ministry should order an enquiry as to how and why the security cover meant for a sitting President and his/her family continued for Pratibha Patil and her family - even after her retirement from the post. Such a security cover must now be immediately withdrawn.

Rules should be changed based on the pattern in the US where retired Presidents, Vice Presidents and other senior officials may get half of the last drawn salary without any other privilege - including government accommodation.

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