Even as chief election commissioner (CEC) and election commissioners asked administrative and police officials to weightily enforce the model code of conduct during upcoming elections in the state, the officials forgot to enforce the transport department’s code on themselves.
The transport department’s notification on use of beacon lights dated August 3 mandates that officials posted in the field can use the same only in their jurisdiction.
Collectors, superintendents of police, inspector general of police, deputy inspector general of police and divisional commissioners were in Bhopal on Tuesday to attend a meeting convened by the chief election commissioner to review preparations for the upcoming polls.
Except for those posted far away from Bhopal, most officials had arrived for the meeting by their official cars.
However, all of them carried beacon lights atop their cars, even when they, mostly collectors, were outside their jurisdiction.
The August 3 notification of the transport department mentions that field officials like divisional commissioners, IGs, collectors and additional collectors, SPs and additional SPs, sub-divisional magistrates, sub divisional officers (police) and city superintendents of police are allowed to have yellow beacon lights on their official cars.
On the other hand, most collectors who had come to Bhopal by their own cars were using fancy SUVs bearing taxi registration plates.
“All collectors have a minimum of two staff cars, one usually an ambassador bearing an MP-02 registration. However, the collectors now have massive funds from Union government schemes like MNREGS and NRHM that have a provision for administrative expenditure. This fund is used to rent taxis that are used as staff cars by collectors,” said a senior official of the state government.