Security question stuns AP Governor

Published Dec 1, 2013, 1:01 pm IST
Updated Mar 18, 2019, 9:16 pm IST
Delegate waited an hour to question Narasimhan on the cost of his security.
HyderabadGovernor E.S.L. Narasimhan was caught off guard on Saturday when he was confronted by a delegate who asked him if his expansive security detail was justified.
Vijay Kumar, a delegate at the BioAxis DNA 2013 conference held at the University of Hyderabad, went up to Narasimhan and said, “Sir, there are around 200 security and media personnel here for you. This costs the exchequer a lot. Do you require so much security and media presence?”
The Governor was leaving the C.R. Rao Advanced Institute of Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science when Kumar confronted him. 
Kumar had waited patiently for one hour to ask his question as Narasimhan, DGP B. Prasada Rao and APFSL director Sharada Avadhanam held a closed door meeting after inaugurating the conference.
Those who were seeing the Governor off tried to cut Kumar short, but Narasimhan responded to the delegate’s question. “My entourage only consists of eight persons. The security cover is given by the police, and it is not decided by me,” he said.
Earlier, while speaking at the conference, the Governor joined the bandwagon of Aadhaar card critics. “First there was the PAN card, then the citizenship card and now Aadhaar card. Why do we have so many cards? Maybe we will have DNA cards next to replace the Aadhaar card,” he said.
Out of the blue, he criticised the polygraph and narco analysis tests raising concerns about their reliability and health hazards. 
Narasimhan also stressed on the need for a national data bank for biometric data of individuals. 
Location: Andhra Pradesh