Come May 1, vehicles with red beacons will be a thing of the past as the Government has barred their use by VVIPs, including the President, the Prime Minister and Chief Ministers.
An end to VIP culture
Seeking to end the VIP culture, the Union Cabinet today decided that beacon lights will be removed from all vehicles, except emergency vehicles, like ambulances and fire brigade. The vehicles with beacon lights, which are seen as a symbol of VIP culture, ‘have no place in a democratic country’, the Government said.
‘After May 1, no one will be able to put red light atop his/her vehicle. Blue light willbe used only for emergency vehicles in the country…Neither the states nor the Centre will have power to give any special permission (for use of beacon lights),’ Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said after the Cabinet meeting.
The matter was under discussion for some time and ‘the Prime Minister took the decision and informed the Cabinet,’ Jaitley said, adding amendments will be made soon in the Central Motor Vehicles Rules to give effect to the decision.
Pema Khandu hails PM Modi
Meanwhile, Chief Minister Pema Khandu today hailed the decision of the Union Cabinet under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to do away with ‘VIP culture’ by banning use of red beacons in any kind of vehicles in the country.
‘With the ‘red beacons’ gone, the great divide between VIPs and common commuters on the road would disappear forever,’ he said in a statement here this evening.
As a gesture of appreciation and total acceptance of the new rule, Khandu ordered removal of all red beacons from vehicles used by the Chief Minister’s Office, including vehicles of his official convoy immediately. From this evening, the CM’s convoy would commute without the trademark red beacons.
The Chief Minister hoped that the new rule – to come into effect from May 1 – would be welcomed by all and that his colleagues and all others would voluntarily remove the red beacons from their vehicles.
Source: The Arunachal Times