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PM Modi bans "Red beacons" for Central Ministers, CMs and Ministers

Jammu and Kashmir Bank


NEW DELHI, Apr 19: In what could be seen as a major step towards ending the VIP culture prevalent in India, the Narendra Modi government on Wednesday banned the use of red beacon on vehicles attached to dignitaries, including the central and state ministers and other VVIPs.

The prime minister banned the "lal batti culture" at the meeting of the cabinet ministers on Wednesday. The decision will be implemented from May 1.

It is reported that five categories would be allowed to use the red beacon – President, Vice President, Prime Minister, Chief Justice of India and the Lok Sabha Speaker.

The ban applies to union ministers, chief ministers, state cabinet ministers, bureaucrats and judges of the High Court and Supreme Court.

The new chief ministers of Punjab and Uttar Pradesh, Captain Amarinder Singh and Yogi Adityanath, have already taken steps to restrict VIP culture.


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