Amid mad scramble among politicians and top officials to give up the ‘lal batti’ culture, a group of PCS officers on Saturday announced to go the other way.
In a letter to the president of UP PCS Association, the officers have demanded that they be allowed to use the blue beacons on their vehicles.
The officers maintain that since they have the responsibility of maintaining law and order, they be allowed to use the privilege as the blue beacon facility helps them reach the spot of the incident without much hassle.
“Along with police officers we have to go to the spot soon after receiving information about dharna, breach of peace, demonstration or any other disaster. If we travel by a vehicle without blue beacon and don’t reach the spot on time, situation may go out of control,” argue the officers in the letter, a copy of which is with HT.
The letter reads that in a communication issued by public relation office of the chief minister, the use of blue beacons has been banned for officers, excluding those on emergency services.
The officers maintain that revenue officers and other PCS officers shoulder responsibility of nodal officer of disaster management, which comes under the emergency services as per rule number 397 (A) of draft of union ministry of road transport and national highways.
“Officials of various departments and police function under guidance of a magistrate during protocol duty, removal of illegal encroachment and surprise inspections. Controlling crowd and leading various inspections without blue beacon would be too difficult,” said the officials while maintaining: “For speedy and timely action to maintain law and order effectively, the use of blue beacon is very essential.”
“In view of the above situation, all officers of PCS cadre currently posted in Varanasi demand that the use of blue beacon should be allowed on their vehicles for effective and efficient delivery of their administrative works and duties,” reads the letter signed by as many as 12 PCS officers.
“The letter has been sent to UP PCS Association chief and we are awaiting further instructions,” said Munindra Nath Upadhyaya, additional district magistrate (administration), while talking to HT.