Monday, 20 November, 2017

Red beacon ban: Every Indian is a VIP, says Narendra Modi

No More Red Beacons Atop Cars Including The Prime Minister — Effective May 1 Modi government's big crackdown on VVIP culture, orders ban on red beacons from May 1
Howard Terry | 20 April, 2017, 00:17

Union Minister of Road Transport, Shipping and Highways Nitin Gadkari on Wednesday said that the VIP, VVIP culture will come to an end as the Union Cabinet will soon issue a notification refraining the ministers to use read beacon on their vehicles.

"Maharashtra welcomes Prime Minister Narendra Modi's step towards ending VIP culture by stopping the use of red beacons atop VIP vehicles", Fadnavis said in a tweet". "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 minister got the red beacon removed from his own vehicle too and said that these have no relevance in a democratic country.

Jaitley said the government will bring about the necessary amendment to the Central Motor Vehicle Rules, 1989, in this regard. "The Prime Minister after taking the decision informed the concerned ministry to implement this decision", Jaitley said. Now, neither in state or centre the government will be able to nominate any members to use the red beacon.

"The attitude of a person changes when he moves around in a vehicle with red beacon...the Union government's decision is a welcome step to end the VIP culture", he said at a felicitation function in the city.

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The vehicles with beacon lights, which are seen as a symbol of VIP culture, "have no place in a democratic country", the government said. They have no relevance whatsoever, it added.

The Bharatiya Janata Party's Yogi Adityanath, who completed a month as the Uttar Pradesh chief minister today, has also warned his ministers and bureacrats not to misuse red beacons.

"The very temperament of the honourable Prime Minister is to go closer to people, he has made an attempt to get rid of the British or Colonial reminiscences which was there through red lights or beacons".

The Congress, however, termed the decision as "symbolic politics" and "ridiculous".

"Now, after three years of this decision, if the BJP is trying to do politics over it and trying to gain the high moral ground, then it is ridiculous", he added.

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