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Govt may restrict beacon use after SC prod

lucknow Updated: Aug 13, 2013 11:39 IST
Brajendra K Parashar

Left with little choice after a Supreme Court order applicable across the country, the Akhilesh Yadav government may soon issue a fresh notification restricting the use of beacons to as few VIP vehicles as possible.

The four-member group of ministers (GoM) that is meeting here on Tuesday for the second time is likely to make its recommendations to the state government in this regard.

Prior to making its recommendations, the GoM will study the feedback received from some other states that have already revised their notifications on beacons in light of the apex court order.

Comprising health minister Ahmad Hasan, transport minister Durga Prasad Yadav, basic education minister Ram Govind Chaudhary and home guards and pension minister Brahma Shankar Tripathi, the GoM had been constituted in June for the specific purpose of giving its recommendations on limiting the use of beacons as directed by the Supreme Court.

“The GoM will on Tuesday discuss the feedback received from some other states that have already made amendments to their rules on beacons. Based on that to a great extent, the GoM will come out with its own recommendations for the state government,” said a senior official who did not wish to be identified.

Sources said the government had so far received feedback from Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh and Punjab-the three states that have already amended their rules on beacons.

“Some other states may have also done the same but till now we have been able to gather information from only these three states,” said the official.

Sources said that UP was increasingly under pressure to amend its own circular and inform the court as some other states have already starting falling in line.

“The Supreme Court is scheduled to hear the matter on August 19 and the state government may come out with a fresh notification before that to satisfy the court,” said another official.

Hearing a PIL, the Supreme Court had in April this year asked the Centre and the states to consider limiting the use of beacons, among other things, to vehicles used by only the top Constitutional authorities. It had reiterated this on August 5, saying VIP beacons were a menace to society.