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Govt bans red beacon use by VIPs, including President, PM, from May 1

India TV News Desk New Delhi 19 Apr 2017, 12:46:38
India TV News Desk

In a major move towards ending the VIP culture in India, the Union Cabinet today banned the use of red beacon on vehicles attached to dignitaries, including the President, Prime Minister, and central and state ministers. 

The decision taken by the Cabinet will be implemented from May 1. 

The Cabinet also announced that the use of red beacon will only be allowed on vehicles attached to emergency services, like ambulance and police. 

Last week, it was reported that the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) has called a meeting whether the VIP red beacon should be discarded or restricted to certain dignitaries.   

The road transport ministry had presented three options to PMO after holding consultations with senior Cabinet ministers and one of them is to end the us of red beacons.

The proposal, however, had been pending for more than one-and-a-half years. During this period, states were asked to submit the details of persons entitles to have red beacon on their vehicles.

The newly formed governments in Punjab and Uttar Pradesh, led by Captain Amarinder Singh and Yogi Adityanath respectively, have already taken steps to either end or restrict the VIP culture.

While Amarinder Singh has completely done away with red beacons, Yogi Adityanath has stopped the use of hooters and has said that the use of the red light on government vehicles should be used very cautiously.   

The Arvind Kerjiwal-led Aam Aadmi Party government in Delhi was the first one to withdraw the use of red beacons by ministers.