SRPF names its shopping complex as ‘Sadbhavana’, denies Modi link
Taking cue from Chief Minister Narendra Modi's Sadbhavana Mission, the Group-I of State Reserve Police Force (SRPF) has named its commercial complex as "Sadbhavana Shopping Centre" and even added a tag-line "Sauno Sath, Police Parivarno Vikas (Everybody's cooperation, development of police family)."
The shopping complex, built by SRPF Group-I Cooperative Consumers Store Limited in Vadodara, a cooperative society of jawans of the group, is located near Lal Baug railway overbridge and has been built at a cost of Rs 13 lakh. There are 10 shops in the complex and the signboard has been put atop an a gate-like structure that divides the shops in two halves.
The signboard has been painted Gujarat Police colours, which is a combination of blue and red. An arch below the singboard bears the tag-line Sauno Sath, Police Parivar no Vikas, which seems inspired from Modi's Sadbhavana slogan, Sauno Sath, Sauno Vikas (Everybody's participation, everybody's development).
SRPF officials, however, deny any connection. "Of late, these words have been everywhere on television, in newspapers and in other media. They are catchy and we want to take advantage of this to attract more customers to our complex," R C Rahewar, in-charge commandant of SRPF Group-I, said.
On the phrase Police Parivarno Vikas, the commandant said, "This complex is a part welfare activities for policemen. Profits generated by the complex will be spent for betterment of police personnel."
Assistant commandant Ketan Parekh too said the "catchy" name would ensure more footfalls.
The cooperative society, which has around 900 members, has already started an Amul parlour and a provision store in the complex. Authorities said they were finalising terms and conditions for allocation of shops on rent. They said policemen would be given priority in allocations but they might also invite private parties. The complex is yet to be inaugurated formally.
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