Gujarat Global News Network, Ahmedabad
In yet another decision to convey to people that Modi government is for poor and common people, government has decided to ban beacons on all vehicles from May 1. Typical of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s style the ban making all equal comes on May 1 Labour Day.
Red beacon has become a status symbol in the country and almost every year the list of people who could use red beacons grew. Now, with the decision of the Modi government, no one can have the privilege of Lal Batti. Just,no lal batti on any vehicle. No exception.
To make sure that the Lal batti provision does not exist the union cabinet decided to scrap Rule108 (1) and Rule 108(2) of the Motor Vehicle Act. These provisions allow centre and the state use of red beacons on the vehicles. So there will be no lal batti even on state government vehicles.
“Every Indian is special, every Indian is a VIP,” Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted on the lal batti ban.
Only emergency service vehicles like ambulance and fire brigade will be allowed blue beacons said Finance Minister Arun Jaitley while briefing media after the cabinet meeting.
There are instances of ministers not using red beacon on their vehicles. But they were exceptions. In Gujarat, the then Chief Minister Shankarsinh Vaghela had stopped use of lal batti. But it continued after his rule.
Modi government’s decision to ban red beacons woul affect bureaucrats also as many officers used to flaunt red light on one or another pretext.
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