May 1, 2017 will be remembered in the Indian history as on this day the ‘Red Beacon’ or ‘Lal Batti’ became a History in the country.
It needs to be mentioned here that the Union Cabinet on April 22, in a bid to abolish the VVIP and VIP culture in the country, put a ban on the use of red beacon vehicles by all key people.
As per the decision, none of the VVIPs and VIPs including the President, Vice President, Prime Minister, Chief Justice of India, Union Ministers, Chief Ministers, State Ministers, Judges of High Court and Supreme Court and Bureaucrats will use the red beacon vehicles from today. Only emergency services would be allowed to use the red beacon.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his monthly radio programme ‘Mann Ki Baat’ yesterday also said that the decision to get rid of red beacons is aimed at removing the VIP culture from the mindset of certain people and the concept should be replaced with “EPI”, meaning “Every Person is Important.”
The Prime Minister underlined that all the 125 crore people of the country have equal value and importance.
Earlier the Supreme Court had also restricted the unrestrained use of red beacons as a symbol of VIP culture and said that the vehicles fitted with red beacons will be allowed only for constitutional authorities and limited classes of high functionary.