Now Red Beacon in the vehicle of VIP will rest in peace as PM Narendra Modi took the decision and announced a ban on the use of red beacons by VIP. PM Modi tweeted "Every Indian is a VIP".
This step from government can be seen as a major step towards ending VIP culture in India. As per sources, the decision was taken by Union Cabinet will be implemented from May 1. Only five categories would be allowed to use red beacon - President, Vice President, Prime Minister, Chief Justice Of India and Lok Sabha Speaker.
Justifying the ban on the use of red beacon on cars of dignitaries including the ministers, the government said that the VIP culture is not good for the economy.
Speaking to the reporters, Union Minister for Road, Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari said the people of the country used to get angry by the red beacon and its siren. He further added ""So, we decided in the Cabinet meeting that red beacon will be used only in emergency services like the fire brigade, ambulances etc. A notification in this regard will be issued before May 1".
Arun Jaitley also said "It has always been a topic of discussion as well as a controversial one. The concerned ministry was contemplating to issue an order in this regard since long. The Prime Minister after taking the decision informed the concerned ministry to implement this decision."
After the decision, PM Modi responded on twitter with series of tweets.
Every Indian is special. Every Indian is a VIP. https://t.co/epXuRdaSmY— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) April 19, 2017
It should have gone long ago. Glad that today a strong beginning has been made. https://t.co/25BxLdlDpp— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) April 19, 2017
Other than PM Modi, here are the reactions of some ministers who took to twitter for the comment.Thank you. These symbols are out of touch with the spirit of new India. https://t.co/xCMaSn48mc— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) April 19, 2017
Usage of red beacon tied us back to colonial legacy. With LalBatti removal PM @narendramodi's vision of New India took a step forward— Nitin Gadkari (@nitin_gadkari) April 19, 2017
And with that we have proven that #EveryoneVIPinNewIndia. A welcome step by PM Shri @narendramodi ji. #RedBeacon pic.twitter.com/0dI7FoMJkV— Maneka Gandhi (@Manekagandhibjp) April 19, 2017
I welcome PM @narendramodi & Union Cabinet's decision to remove #RedBeacons from all vehicles. I & my team will implement it immediately.— ShivrajSingh Chouhan (@ChouhanShivraj) April 19, 2017
Subconscious barrier between the common man and people in powerful positions has been removed. #EveryoneVIPinNewIndia— Rajiv Pratap Rudy (@RajivPratapRudy) April 19, 2017
Removed 'Lal Batti' from my car. PM @narendramodi ji's decision is a welcome step towards reaffirming our belief in #EveryoneVIPinNewIndia. pic.twitter.com/ThEhgfrQr7— Smriti Z Irani (@smritiirani) April 19, 2017
Curtailing the use of #RedBeacon is a welcome & forward looking step towards having more people-friendly Government. #EveryoneVIPinNewIndia— Vasundhara Raje (@VasundharaBJP) April 19, 2017
Eliminating #RedBeacons is a great decision by PM Shri @narendramodi ji. A major step to end VIP Culture! #EveryoneVIPinNewIndia— Manohar Lal (@mlkhattar) April 19, 2017