PM Narendra Modi to shun red beacons in government's big crackdown on VVIP culture

The central cabinet today took a decision disallowing Union ministers and top bureaucrats from using red beacons. According to sources, PM Modi will himself give up the 'laal batti'.

The Centre today took a decision against using red beacons. The decision, likely to be implemented from May 1, was cleared by the central cabinet today and would impact Union minsters and top bureaucrats.

According to sources, only five categories of people will be allowed to use red beacons: the President of India, the Vice President, the Prime Minister, the Chief Justice of India and the Lok Sabha speaker.

While the prime minister would be allowed to use red beacons, sources tell India Today that PM Narendra Modi will himself give up the privilege to use it.

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