14 August 2019
Bhubaneswar: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today directed to abolish the traditional practice of according ‘Guard of Honour’ and ‘House Guard to the Chief Minister, Ministers and other Government high officials on all the occasions.
As per a press note issued by the Chief Minister’s Office (CMO), “Henceforth, ‘Guard of Honour’ will be accorded to the Chief Guest only on the occasions of Republic Day, Independence Day and Utkal Diwas.”
“However, 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.
Notably, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has already set an example earlier by removing the rooftop beacon from his government vehicle.
The Odisha Government has also decided that the freedom fighters should be addressed as ‘Manyabar’ (Hon’ble).
It has also been decided that the address ‘Hon’ble’ should be used for the personalities holding high constitutional posts besides the freedom fighters.