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VIP culture of beacon lights to end from May 1: Nitin Gadkari

The government has taken the decision with a view to strengthening "healthy democratic values" in the country, he said.

By: PTI | New Delhi | Published: April 19, 2017 3:49 pm
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Seeking to end VIP culture, the Union Cabinet today decided that beacon light will be removed from all vehicles, including that of the Prime Minister, from May 1. “In a historic decision, the Cabinet has decided that beacon lights will be removed from all vehicles, barring emergency service vehicles, from May 1,” Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari told PTI.

Gadkari showed the way by becoming the first minister to take the beacon off his official vehicle after the Cabinet meeting, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. It has been decided to do away with beacons of all kinds on top of all categories of vehicles in the country.

The minister said “this government is a government of common masses and has decided to abolish VIP culture of beacon lights and sirens”. The government has taken the decision with a view to strengthening “healthy democratic values” in the country.

“The government is of the considered opinion that beacons on vehicles are perceived symbols of VIP culture and have no place in a democratic country. They have no relevance whatsoever,” Gadkari reasoned.

Beacons, however, will be allowed on vehicles concerning emergency and relief services, ambulance, fire service etc. In light of the decision, the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways will make necessary provisions in law.

According to Gadkari, this is start of a healthy culture and tradition as blaring of sirens and blazing of beacons used to anger the masses. In many states, even MLAs blatantly used beacon lights, he said, adding that some of them had the practice of using detachable beacons. Even use of sirens by ministers is not legal as these can be used only by pilot police vehicles, he pointed out.

The step is bound to increase faith and respect of common masses in the Narendra Modi government, he hoped. Asked what will be the punitive measures in case of violations, the minister said action will be taken as per provisions.

He said a detailed notification in this regard will be issued soon and there is no need for any amendment in the Motor Vehicles Act. “We can issue the notification under respective rules and before that, a notice will be issued for public hearing,” he said.

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  1. Pushap Raj Sood
    Apr 19, 2017 at 8:12 pm
    A well deserved welcome step to uphold the democratic values of common man while eradicating this menace of VIP culture in the county Really great decision by the Union Cabinet. The Government in fact is more concerned about such epidemic & is sincerely all set to provide suitable cure. A big thanks for such a mindset of this remarkable decision to our Prime Minister & his team of learned Ministers, for gaining yet another confidence amongst country men. Jai Hind, Vande Maatrum.
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      K,senthil Kumaran
      Apr 19, 2017 at 5:40 pm
      very good
      1. S
        Apr 19, 2017 at 5:24 pm
        Thank you BJP. we are sick of the power intoxicated politicians right from the coinclors to the ministers and offcourse the beauracrats also are usinh govt vehicles as their jagir and using govt vehicle for personal works
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          Sudhir Kumar Nayak
          Apr 19, 2017 at 5:10 pm
          The General who returned the country to its people. Congratulations bravo!
          1. Saurabh Bandyopadhyay
            Apr 19, 2017 at 5:01 pm
            A move that is overdue since long...
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