Published: Thu, April 20, 2017
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Indian officials to lose red beacon lights atop their cars

Indian officials to lose red beacon lights atop their cars

Seeking to end VIP culture, the Union Cabinet today decided that beacon light will be removed from all vehicles, including that of the Prime Minister, from May 1.

Road Transport and Highways minister Nitin Gadkari had the red beacon of his vehicle removed soon after the cabinet meeting. The decision was announced by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley at a press conference.

The new rule will extend to the Prime Minister, President, Vice-President, the Chief Justice of India, Union Ministers, Chief Ministers, State Cabinet Ministers, Bureaucrats and Judges of the High Court and Supreme Court. "It is a central rule and is being abolished from the rule book", Jaitley said. "Rule 108 deals with use of red, white and blue lights on vehicles".

No exception has been made to the said rule.

Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports Vijay Goel while talking on the same said there is no such need for the red beacon, adding there are some more things that should be used only by selected people.

Jaitley also said that a rule which gives the Centre and state governments the right to use blue beacons with flasher has also being changed.

From May 1 only emergency services will be allowed to use the flashing beacons to move swiftly through India s notoriously congested streets.

"And to celebrate such epic step for strengthening our democracy, I have stopped using the RedBeacon atop my auto", he said in another tweet.

The reproduction of the story/photograph in any form will be liable for legal action. Asked what will be the punitive measures in case of violations, the minister said action will be taken as per provisions.

"The decision would further strengthen the democracy", he said, after he directed the government staff to remove the red beacon from the official vehicle of the CM.For all the latest India News, download Indian Express App now.

"I acknowledge that the MLAs and ministers of the state are in charge of a huge population of Uttar Pradesh and thus entitled to a few privileges but they are to use these privileges with caution", he had said in the Uttar Pradesh Assembly.

"Every Indian is special. PM @narendramodi ji's decision is a welcome step towards reaffirming our belief in #EveryoneVIPinNewIndia".

The Congress, however, termed the decision as "symbolic politics" and "ridiculous".

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