Indian Officials to Lose Red Beacon Lights on Cars Announcing VIP Presence

Indian Officials to Lose Red Beacon Lights on Cars Announcing VIP Presence

Indian Officials to Lose Red Beacon Lights on Cars Announcing VIP Presence

The government has asked all VIPs, excluding the President, Vice President, Prime Minister, Chief Justice of India, and the Speaker of Lok Sabha, to lose the red beacon atop cars. As a result, VIPs or other dignitaries will not be able to use red beacons on their vehicles from May 1, 2017.

According to the government, vehicles with beacon lights have no place in a democratic country.

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

All judges of Orissa High Court today came to the High Court without red beacons on their official vehicles.

Sources in the home department said that nearly all the ministers have surrendered their red beacons while some members of boards and corporations who were on tour outside the capital are likely to deposit their red beacon before May 1.Reacting to the decision, minister Sarang said that this was a historic decision which was not taken in 70 years by any political party in the country.

The decision intends to strengthen democratic values in the country, he added. How does he feel driving without a red light on his vehicle? Only emergency service vehicles including ambulances, fire engines and police are authorised to use hooters. "There will be no exceptions", Finance Minister Arun Jaitley told reporters here.

India will ban ministers and senior officials from using red beacons on their cars to speed through traffic. Only emergency services will have red beacon, I have also removed it from my vehicle today.

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"From 1 May, no vehicle will have a red light".

Responding to numerous tweets bu netizens who hailed Prime Minister's move, PM Modi said that he was glad that a strong beginning had been made with the decision.

The new Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath had also passed a similar order after his appointment.

For long, the lights with blaring sirens have been a powerful symbol of VIP culture in India.

The minister didn't mind the BJP's political rivals, the Congress and Aam Aadmi Party, moving in to take their share of the credit for the "remarkable and historic" move.

Asked if the BJP-led coalition government in Goa will emulate the central government's decision to do away with red beacons, Parrikar first said, that he was not aware of such a decision, but readily offered to hand over the red beacon affixed to his official auto to media persons.

Later, talking to reporters, the Chief Minister said in line with the Prime Minister's announcement he was removing the beacon light from his auto.

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