Every Indian is special and VIP, says PM Narendra Modi after banning lal batti

Come May 1, 'lal batti' cars or vehicles with red beacons will be a thing of the past as the government has barred their use by VVIPs, including the President, the Prime Minister and chief ministers.

After banning the use of 'lal batti' cars or vehicles with red beacons by VVIPs, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said every Indian is a VIP.

"Every Indian is special. Every Indian is a VIP," he said on Twitter adding that these symbols are out of touch with the spirit of new India.

Every Indian is special. Every Indian is a VIP. https://t.co/epXuRdaSmY

- Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) April 19, 2017

It should have gone long ago. Glad that today a strong beginning has been made. https://t.co/25BxLdlDpp

- Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) April 19, 2017

Thank you. These symbols are out of touch with the spirit of new India. https://t.co/xCMaSn48mc

- Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) April 19, 2017 Seeking to end the VIP culture, the Union Cabinet today decided that beacon lights will be removed from all vehicles, except emergency vehicles, like ambulances and fire brigade.

After a Cabinet meeting, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said the use of red beacons atop vehicles has been a matter of discussion and debates for long as to why certain people have special privileges on road.

The matter was under discussion for some time and "the Prime Minister took the decision and informed the Cabinet," Jaitley said, adding amendments will be made soon in the Central Motor Vehicles Rules to give effect to the decision.

A rule that empowers the Centre or state governments to allow use of red beacon lights to dignitaries will be altogether removed from the statute books, the minister said.

"There will be no exception for anyone. The reason is very clear that the rule itself is being removed from the rule book," he added.

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