Official vehicles of central ministers withdrawn
More than 25 vehicles provided to central ministers and other dignitaries visiting Bangalore and the state have been withdrawn by the protocol wing of the state government under the instructions of the Election Commission of India.
A senior official of the Directorate of Personnel and Administrative Reforms (DPAR) said
The Hindu that Central Ministers, Opposition Leaders in both Houses of Parliament and Heads of Central Councils and Societies received vehicles during their visits to the State. Those vehicles have been removed and kept at the Kumarakrupa Guest House here, the official said.
On the other hand, the official cars given to Karnataka ministers to travel to Bangalore have not been withdrawn, he said. Ministers need the vehicle to deal with official work, and therefore they can use it. The model code of conduct will not prevent ministers from using their official cars for official purposes, the official reiterated.
Anil Kumar Jha, Chief Electoral Officer, Karnataka, said
The Hindu that instructions have been given to the government to restrict the use of official ministers’ cars. They can use it to move from their residence to the office and vice versa. If ministers wish to travel for other purposes, including visiting their constituencies, they should use their personal vehicles, Jha added.
Four Central Karnataka Ministers – Minister of Railways Mr. Mallikarjun Kharge, Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas Mr. Veerappa Moily, Minister of Road Transport and Highways Oscar Fernandes and Minister of State for MSMEs KH Muniyappa – regularly visit Karnataka and use the vehicles provided by the state government. In addition to a sports utility vehicle (SUV) for their movement, their convoy includes a pilot vehicle and another vehicle for security personnel.