Is PM Modi's red beacon surprise yet another citizen connect move?

It was Union Road Transport and Highways minister Nitin Gadkari who had recommended the Cabinet to limit the use of red beacon.

Something which was in pipeline for a long time has finally been approved by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his ministers in the cabinet meeting held today. A country which fights the VVIP culture everyday has taken its first step to curb the menace.

First it was demonetisation, now it is the red beacon used by ministers, dignitaries and bureaucrats in their officials cars. Sources confirmed India Today that it was Prime Minister Narendra Modi himself who pushed the recommendation and ordered to make the big announcement today.

Leaders have been given time till April 30 and anyone using the red beacon after that will be a defaulter.

ONLY BLUE BEACON FOR EMERGENCY SERVICES

It was Union Road and Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari who recommended the Cabinet to limit the use of red beacon. After getting a nod from Modi and Jaitley, Gadkari told India Today, "In our democracy, we need to be humble and clean. This is a historical decision in our democracy and this will be appreciated by the people by and large".

"Our government is committed to end the VVIP culture. This culture is not good for our democracy and this is a good start. Now only blue beacon will be available for emergency services, ambulances and fire services," said Gadkari.

As the Opposition welcomed the move, they also tried to snatch the credit with every party claiming they were the first to abide by the order. Congress claims it is their government in Punjab which initiated the practice. On the other hand, AAP claims it was their convener Arvind Kejriwal and his ministers who set the example in Delhi.

ENDORSING MODI'S DECISION

"It is not about the first ones to give up on the beacons. It is about the message one should perceive from such a decision. If the Opposition parties practice it we shall be happy," said Union sports minister Vijay Goel.

To endorse Modi's decision, his ministers were quick to remove their red beacons from their government vehicles. Many ministers were, in fact, seen removing their beacons after the cabinet meeting itself. The rest took their turn while returning home. Ministers including Nitin Gadkari, Vijay Goel, Giriraj Singh and Upendra Kushwaha led the way.

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