New Delhi, April 20: After the decision to end VVIP culture in the country, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday said that every Indian is VIP and the culture of red light should have ended much earlier.
Replying to tweets over the government’s decision to bar the use of red beacons atop vehicles Prime Minister said "The red beacons symbols are out of touch with the spirit of new India as every Indian is special and a VIP.
The Prime Minister said on twitter, he is glad that a strong beginning has been made. The vehicles with red beacons, which are seen as a symbol of VIP culture, “have no place in a democratic country”, the government said after the decision was taken at a Cabinet meeting.
The cabinet had yesterday banned Ministers and officials in the Central and state government from using red beacons on their official vehicles from the 1st of next month. The decision was taken in a Cabinet meeting chaired Pm Modi in New Delhi.
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley told reporters that the government views red beacons as a symbol of the VIP culture which has no place in a democratic country. Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari informed that the notification in this regard will be issued soon.
According to the new regulation, only the President, Vice President, Prime Minister, Chief Justice of India and the Speaker of Lok Sabha are exempt from the ban. Also, states were asked to submit the details of persons entitle to have the red beacon on their vehicles.
In 2014, the Supreme Court said the use of beacons should be restricted and only constitutional authorities should be allowed to use it. "Red beacons and multi-toned horns are reflective of Raj mentality and are an antithesis of the concept of a republic," the judges had said.