Acting on the cabinet decision to end VIP culture, Punjab chief minister Capt Amarinder Singh and his ministers removed the red beacons from their vehicles on Saturday.
A government spokesperson said the step has been taken even before the formal notification in this regard. “The red beacons were removed soon after the Amarinder-led cabinet took a decision on the same in its maiden meeting on Saturday,” said the spokesperson.
The government’s move to shed the VIP frills is in line with the Congress’s poll manifesto. Though the chief minister and cabinet ministers were exempted in the Congress manifesto, they decided to bring themselves within the ambit of the decision by choice, he said.
The spokesperson said the process of finalising the policy on ban on use of red beacons on government vehicles, barring those on ambulances, fire tenders, and the vehicles of chief justice and the judges of the high court, has already started. “Once the notification is issued, all government departments will have to strictly implement the same,” he said.