New Delhi: In a major crackdown on the VIP culture, no VIPs or dignitary including President, PM, Chief Justice of India and chief minister will not use red beacons or lal batti on his cars anymore and neither will other ministers. However, the red beacons will be allowed only for emergency vehicles and enforcement agencies.
Union Road Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari made the announcement after a cabinet meeting on Wednesday and said this was done to check “VIP culture”.
The Union Cabinet today banned ministers and officials from using red beacons or lal batti on their cars.
The decision comes into effect from May 1, 2017. From May 1, no official or minister can use “lal battis”, which have come to symbolize “VIP arrogance” that causes inconvenience to people.
The decision was reportedly taken at a cabinet meeting today chaired by PM Narendra Modi.
Chief Ministers, state cabinet ministers, bureaucrats and judges of the High Court and Supreme Court will also be banned from using the lal batti.
Notably, the newly-formed governments in Uttar Pradesh and Punjab under the leadership of yogi Adityanath and Captain Amarinder Singh respectively, have already shunned the use of red beacon lights on vehicles.