A notification to do away with use of red beacons by officials or ministers in the Delhi government is likely to be issued in a day or two. This was one of the first announcements made by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal after he joined office.
The required approval for this has been received from the L-Gs office and a notification will be issued by the Transport department in this regard in a day or two. Only police vehicles,fire tenders,ambulances etc will be allowed to use red beacons thereafter. Red beacons have been removed from most government vehicles soon after the announcement, an official said.
The Supreme Court had,in fact,in a recent judgement slammed the blatant misuse of red beacons and had directed the government to revise their usage.
Besides doing away with the red beacons,other measures announced by the AAP to do away with the VIP culture included doing away with personal security officers provided to officials. None of the Cabinet ministers have taken government vehicles or bungalows also. Kejriwal himself has refused to take up a sprawling bungalow at Lutyens zone and a guesthouse near Rajghat is being considered for his new residence.
While Minister of SC/ST and Employment Girish Soni said he was planning to drive to work on his own,Minister for Women and Child Development Rakhi Birla was seen coming to the Secretariat in an auto-rickshaw on Monday.
The AAP government has been moving fast towards fulfilling its promises made in its manifesto. The AAP has already provided 700 litres of free water daily to each household and,on Tuesday,announced the reduction of power tariff in the city.