On Wednesday, Modi government banned the use of red beacons atop vehicles of all VVIPs including the PM, President, Chief Ministers, ministers, Supreme Court and High Court judges etc from May 1.
A day after Modi government banned the use of red beacons atop vehicles of all VIPs including the PM, President, Chief Ministers, ministers, Supreme Court and High Court judges etc. from May 1, a number of politicians took to the social media to celebrate the decision.
A decision in this regard was taken during the meeting of the Union Cabinet on Wednesday. Vehicles with red beacons have been seen as a symbol of VIP culture and the government said this had no place in a democratic country. On several occasions in past, politicians have been seen blatantly using beacon lights, putting people in trouble. This decision seems to put an end to this.
Soon after the Cabinet meeting on Wednesday, Union minister for road transport and highways, Nitin Gadkari was the first politician who took the red beacon off his vehicle. He said, “The government is of the considered opinion that beacons on vehicles are perceived symbols of VIP culture and have no place in a democratic country. They have no relevance whatsoever.”
In a series of tweets, PM Modi himself celebrated the decision. “Thank you. These symbols (red beacons) are out of touch with the spirit of new India. It should have gone long ago. Glad that today a strong beginning has been made.Every Indian is special. Every Indian is a VIP.”
While several politicians took to the social media to welcome the decision, some even shared photos, and videos as they took the beacons off their vehicles. Union minister Dharmendra Pradhan tweeted: “Fully support the #ModiGovt’s decision to abolish Lal Batti. As a true believer of #EveryoneVIPinNewIndia never used Lal Batti as a minister.”
Another Union minister, Giriraj Singh shared a video as he removed the red beacon from his car.
Interestingly, the Odisha government led by CM Naveen Patnaik ended the use of red beacons with immediate effect. Earlier, Punjab and Uttar Pradesh governments had taken significant decisions in this regard.
The ban on red beacons atop vehicles of VVIPs would apply from May 1. “After May 1, no one will be able to put red light atop his/her vehicle. Blue light will be 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 on Wednesday.
The government would make necessary amendment in the Central Motor Vehicles Rules to implement this decision and there will be no exception for anyone.