New Delhi, April 19, 2017: In a bid towards ending the VIP culture, the Union Cabinet on Wednesday banned the use of red beacons atop official cars, announcing that only five high dignitaries including the President, Vice-President, Prime Minister, Chief Justice of India and the Speaker of Lok Sabha would be allowed to use it.
According to reports, the ban applies to chief ministers, state cabinet ministers, Union ministers, bureaucrats and judges of the High Court, Supreme Court. The decision comes into effect from May 1, 2017.
The Cabinet also announced that the use of red beacon will only be allowed on vehicles attached to emergency services, like ambulance and police.
Earlier, it was reported that the Prime Minister’s Office has called a meeting to discuss whether the red beacon should be discarded or restricted to certain dignitaries.
However, the move comes weeks after the two chief ministers of Uttar Pradesh and Punjab decided against the use of the red beacon on their official cars.