NEW DELHI, April 19: In what may be termed as a historic decision of the Modi-led NDA government which is likely going to garner tremendous support from the common people, the union cabinet on Wednesday decided to do away with VIPs red beacon culture in India from May 1st.
While it is unclear whether the Prime Minister is exempted from the purview, union ministers, chief ministers, state cabinet ministers, bureaucrats and judges of the High Court and Supreme Court will not be allowed to have red beacons on their vehicles barring emergency service vehicles, from May 1, with effect from May 1st 2017 with an aim to put an end to the VIPs red beacon culture in the country.
This was informed by Road Transport minister Nitin Gadkari here on Wednesday. “This government is a government of common masses and has decided to abolish VIP culture of beacon lights and sirens”, he said adding that the government has taken the decision with a view to strengthening “healthy democratic values” in the country.
In light of the decision, the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways will make necessary provisions in law. 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. “We can issue the notification under respective rules and before that, a notice will be issued for public hearing,” he said.
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According to Gadkari, this is start of a healthy culture and tradition as blaring of sirens and blazing of beacons used to anger the masses. In many states, even MLAs blatantly used beacon lights, he said, adding that some of them had the practice of using detachable beacons. Even use of sirens by ministers is not legal as these can be used only by pilot police vehicles, he pointed out.
The step is bound to increase faith and respect of common masses in the Narendra Modi government, he hoped. Asked what will be the punitive measures in case of violations, the minister said action will be taken as per provisions.
Paving the way, Gadkari became the first minister to remove red beacons from his official vehicles.
TNT News with inputs from news agencies