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 Such a security cover must now be immediately withdrawn.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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