In a strong move towards culminating VIP culture, the Union Cabinet has decided that beacon lights will be removed from all vehicles from May 1.
The beacons will be allowed only on vehicles belonging to the fire service, police, army and ambulances, to ensure passage through traffic.
“In a historic decision, the Cabinet has decided that beacon lights will be removed from all vehicles, barring emergency services vehicles, from May 1,” Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari said.
Mr. Gadkari became the first minister to remove the beacon from his official vehicle.
The notification in this regard will be issued soon, he said, adding that the decision is a democratic one.
The decision will extend to the vice-president, the chief justice of India, Union ministers, chief ministers, state cabinet ministers, bureaucrats and judges of the high court and Supreme Court.
The Aam Aadmi Party government in Delhi was the first to withdraw the use of red beacons by ministers.
Recently, the Amarinder Singh government in Punjab and Yogi Adityanath government in Uttar Pradesh has done away with red beacons.
In 2013, the Supreme Court dubbed the use of beacons by ministers and government officials “ridiculous and synonymous with power” and said they should be removed immediately.