No red beacon for VIPs from May 1

An important decision was today taken during the Union Cabinet so as to end the VIP culture in India. Union Cabinet today banned the use of red beacon on vehicles attached to dignitaries, including the President, Prime Minister, and central and state ministers.

In a major move towards ending VIP culture in India, the Union Cabinet today banned the use of red beacon on vehicles attached to dignitaries, including the central and state ministers and other VVIPs.

The decision taken by the Cabinet will be implemented from May 1. Five categories would be allowed to use it – the President, Vice President, Prime Minister, Chief Justice of India and the Speaker of Lok Sabha.

In effect, the ban applies to Union ministers, chief ministers, state cabinet ministers, bureaucrats and judges of the High Court and Supreme Court.

The Cabinet also announced that the use of red beacon will be allowed on vehicles attached to emergency services, like ambulance and police.