Yogi Govt Spent Over Rs.14 Lakh On Chopper Used By Senior Police Officers To Shower Flower Petals On Kanwariyas
The chopper was hired for the purpose of 'keeping an alert vision and effective surveillance'.
The Yogi Adityanath government spent over Rs.14 lakh for hiring a chopper which was used by senior police officials of Uttar Pradesh to shower rose petals on Kanwariyas.
According to a Economic Times report, the chopper was hired for the purpose of “keeping an alert vision and effective surveillance” in Meerut from August 7 to August 9.
The documents accessed by ET reveal that the chopper was hired from Air Charter Services Pvt Ltd at Rs 14.31 lakh.
Recently, a video of Additional Director General (Meerut Zone) Prashant Kumar showering flower petals from a chopper went viral on the Internet.
Justifying the act of senior police officials, UP Additional Director General (Law and Order) Anand Kumar told ET, “Showering petals on anybody is a symbol of welcome and it has been part of Indian tradition and customs. It is a sign that government and administration is welcoming the kanwar yatris – it is a symbolic gesture. It does not mean police are succumbing to religious propensities of the person walking on the road.”