Upset at the decision of the Chandigarh administration to leave him out of the list of ‘privileged’ officers permitted to use red light on their official vehicles, UT deputy commissioner Mohammed Shayin has not even put up a blue beacon atop his official car. The DC has also written to the administration expressing his displeasure on the matter and has requested that he be included on the list of officers allowed the use of a red beacon.
Sources told HT that the in the letter, the DC has said that the red beacon was required to effectively discharge his statutory duties in an emergency.
On March 10, the administration had issued a notification restricting the use of red beacon on officials vehicles to five officials.
Officers responsible for maintenance of law and order such as the deputy commissioner, the additional deputy commissioner and sub-divisional magistrates have been allowed the use of blue light. Any other official deployed as duty magistrate for law and order duty shall be authorised to use the blue beacon, on duty.
Previously, all IAS and IPS officers were allowed to use red beacons on their vehicles. Shayin told HT that he had taken up the matter with the administration.
Transport secretary Prerna Puri said that the notification was drafted under the guidelines of the Supreme Court. Incidentally, Haryana has allowed only the governor and the chief justice of the Punjab and Haryana high court to use red beacons atop vehicles; all other dignitaries including the chief minister are not on the list. Punjab has restricted the use of red beacon to people holding 20 positions, which includes the chief minister and the deputy chief minister.
The new rules have come into force following directions of a division bench of the Supreme Court headed by Justice GS Singhvi restricting use of red beacons on government cars to only 20 dignitaries at the Centre and their corresponding figures in states.