Odisha Govt abolishes ‘Guard of Honour’ for CM, Ministers

Bhubaneswar: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Wednesday directed to abolish the traditional practice of according ‘Guard of Honour’ to the Chief Minister, Ministers and senior government officials.

A release from Chief Minister’s Office (CMO) said that henceforth, the practice of ‘Guard of Honour’ will not be accorded to the Chief Minister, Ministers and senior government officials in the state.

However, the ‘Guard of Honour’ will be accorded to the Chief Guest on the occasions of Republic Day, Independence Day and Utkal Diwas, according to the release.

“The tradition will still remain in practice for the President, Vice President and Prime Minister of India, Governor, Lokayukta, Chief Justice of both the Supreme Court and High Court and other judges of the two courts”, it said.

Notably, the Chief Minister has already set an example by removing red beacon atop his official vehicle.

More importantly, the State Government today directed to all the individuals and authorities to address the freedom fighters and persons holding high constitutional posts as ‘Manyabar’ (Hon’ble).

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