UP govt bans red, blue beacons from today

UP govt bans red, blue beacons from today


UP govt bans red, blue beacons from today


Lucknow: The Yogi Adityanath government in Uttar Pradesh has banned the use of red and blue beacons with immediate effect from today. The decision, announced here late last night, comes in wake of the decision of the Modi Cabinet to ban the use of red beacons for Cabinet Ministers, to prevent the misuse of beacons. However, essential services like fire brigade, ambulances, armed forces and police vehicles will be exempted from the ban. It has also been decided to reduce the strength of additional forces, deployed for the security of VIPs. The Chief Minister congratulated Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the move. "I welcome the historic decision of the Centre to remove red beacon. Every Indian is a VIP. We should put our target for the people of Antodaya," he said in his tweet today. Meanwhile, UP government spokesperson and state Health Minister Sidharthnath Singh told UNI here that the ban would be enforced strictly. "No one would be allowed to use red or blue beacons on their vehicles, except for the exempted people and vehicles," he said. The Minister also said that very soon, probably in the next Cabinet meeting, the government would move an amendment in the law to ban the use of red and blue beacons on the vehicles in the state. Mr Adityanath had informed the Cabinet Ministers about the PM's decision about 'lal batti' and suggested that the UP Ministers should follow suit. The Ministers agreed and themselves removed the red beacon from their official cars. Beginning was made by Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya and was followed by Women Welfare Minister Rita Bahuguna Joshi, Health Minister Sidharthnath Singh, Law Minister Brijesh Pathak and Power Minister Srikant Sharma yesterday itself. Animal Husbandry Minister SS Baghel removed red beacon in Agra, followed by Social Welfare Minister Ramapati Ram Shastri and Transport Minister Satyadeo Singh. 'This is a very good decision. A Minister does not need 'lal batti' to make his presence felt in public. His work should speak,' Ms Joshi said. Samajwadi Party Spokesperson Rajendra Choudhury and UP Congress Vice-President Satyadeo Tripathi too have lauded the move of the Centre. "But, we will have to see whether the BJP government in the state would strictly follow it," they had commented.

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