Modi shows red light to beacons of VIP privilege

No More Red Beacons Atop Cars Including The Prime Minister — Effective May 1

"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.

Echoing similar sentiments, Minister of State for Human Resources and Development (HRD) Upendra Kuswaha said this is a good decision, adding it sends a message to all that the lawmakers are also common people.

Jaitley acknowledged that the public debate over the VIP culture and red beacons perceived as a symbol of arrogance of the powerful were the reasons for taking the decision. Blue light willbe used only for emergency vehicles in the country...

Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has welcomed the decision by the Modi government to do away with red beacons atop cars of ministers, saying he will stop using it from tomorrow.

"It is more precisely the Prime Minister's decision".

Moreover, States are also being stripped of their power to specify persons whose vehicles can use blue flashing lights.

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley told reporters that two main changes will be made.

A specific clause in Rule 108 of the 1989 regulations, which empowers the Centre and the States to designate some dignitaries as entitled to red lights on top of their vehicles, is being abolished. They have no relevance whatsoever. Soon after the announcement, several ministers removed the red beacons from their vehicles. "In the light of this decision, the Ministry of Road Transport & Highways will make necessary provisions in the law", the statement said. He said a detailed notification in this regard will be issued soon and there is no need for any amendment in the Motor Vehicles Act.

Meanwhile, a senior official from the Chief Minister's Office (CMO) said, "The Chief minister has removed red beacon light from his official vehicle". Yogi Adityanath, Uttar Pradesh's new Chief Minister also warned his ministers and bureaucrats against misusing the laal batti.



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