On 19th April, the Union Cabinet decided to ban the ‘red beacons’ atop VIP vehicles of government officials and ministers; including Prime Minister, Narendra Modi.
The government has given the deadline to get rid of all the ‘read beacon’ from private vehicles. The order will come into effect on May 1.
Red beacons on private vehicles are now banned in India.
The meeting for ban was chaired by Prime Minster, Narendra Modi.
In 2013, the Supreme Court probably for the first time had filed the ban on beacons by government officials
The court had said that time, “it is ridiculous and synonymous with power, and they should be removed immediately.”
In 2014, the top court had again described the use of red beacons as “status symbol.”
Court had said that apart from ministers, it is police, army, ambulance and fire services that are in need of red lights.
In 2015, the Supreme Court again asked for the reversal of the rule and reduced the list of VIP’s using red beacons.
It has been one of the most debated topics, not only in the court but everywhere. Indian citizens have welcomed this verdict of the Modi government.