Government bans use of 'lal battis' by VIPs
All other lal battis (red beacons) will have to be removed by May 1.? Photograph: (Others)
Seeking to end VIP culture, the Union Cabinet today decided that beacon light will be removed from all vehicles, including that of Prime Minister, from May 1.
"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.
Gadkari is the first minister to remove the beacon from his official vehicle.
Union minister Nitin Gadkari has removed the red beacon from his car after cabinet decision. Notification will be issued from May 1 pic.twitter.com/0icsWI6k9i— ANI (@ANI_news) April 19, 2017
The minister said "this government is a government of common masses and has decided to abolish VIP culture of beacon lights and sirens".
The notification in this regard will be issued soon, he said, adding that the decision is a democratic one.