Citing law and order issues, 12 officers of Uttar Pradesh’s Provincial Civil Services on Sunday requested Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath to allow the use of blue beacon atop their vehicles, ANI reported. Issuing a notification on Saturday, Yogi Adityanath government had put a stop to the use of red and blue beacons with immediate effect. It also decided several cutbacks on security to VIPs. The Chief Minister, at a presentation of different departments, decided that the ban on the use of red and blue beacon lights will come into force from Saturday, news agency PTI reported quoting a government spokesman.
However, the government has allowed the use of beacons for emergency services like fire brigade, ambulances, vehicles of armed forces and police. The order was issued in view of a similar decision by the Union cabinet, the spokesman said. Also, a decision has been taken to reduce the number of personnel of other forces deployed on VIP security duty, he said. The chief minister congratulated Prime Minister Narendra Modi for taking the step and said it will help in ending the VIP culture in the country and give a relief to common people.
In a major step, Narendra Modi-led Union Cabinet ordered a ban on the use red beacons from 1st May. After the decision, PM Modi on said this step should have been taken a long time ago. Retweeting one of the tweets speaking about the government’s decision, PM Modi said that he was glad that a strong beginning had been made. He further reacted to another tweet and said that every Indian was special and a VIP. The PM also said that these symbols were out of touch with the spirit of a new India.