Bhubaneswar, August 14 (LocalWire): The Government of Odisha on Wednesday decided to put an end to the age-old practice of guard of honour provided to the chief minister, ministers, and higher officials.
The practice was done away with immediate effect on directions from the chief minister Naveen Patnaik, according to a release issued by Chief Minister’s Office (CMO) here.
However, the state will continue with the ceremonial guard of honour will for the president, vice president, prime minister, governor, chief justices of the Supreme Court and High Courts, other judges of the apex court and high courts and Lokayukta, the release stated.
A ceremonial guard of honour could also be extended to chief guests of the national day functions like the Independence Day, Republic Day and Utkal Divas, the formation day of Odisha as a separate state.
In another decision ahead of the Independence Day, chief minister Patnaik also directed that Honourable (Manyabar) be used before the name of freedom fighters.