With a view to strengthening healthy democratic values in the country, the Central Government took another historic step by banning beacons atop all categories of vehicles in the country.
In a meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the Union Cabinet 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.
Beacons, however, will be allowed on vehicles concerned with emergency and relief services, ambulance, fire service etc.
In the light of this decision the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways will make necessary provisions in the law.
“People used to feel bad about people in power and others using red beacons on their vehicle. It’s a huge democratic decision.We will notify the decision after public hearing. But I appeal everyone to remove these beacons on their own,” said Minister of Road, Transport and Highways, Nitin Gadkari in conversation with The Times of India.
He said there have been several instances of misuse of beacons for show off.
Soon after the Cabinet decision red beacons of Gadkari’s official vehicles were removed.