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Officers cry ?give us beacons?

EVEN AS the High Court has taken a tough stand on the unauthorised use of red/blue beacon, the ?deprived? officers from various departments are making repeated representations to the government to allow them flaunt beacons on their vehicles.

india Updated: Aug 23, 2006 01:28 IST

EVEN AS the High Court has taken a tough stand on the unauthorised use of red/blue beacon, the ‘deprived’ officers from various departments are making repeated representations to the government to allow them flaunt beacons on their vehicles.

After UP Electricity Regulatory Commission (UPERC) chairman Vijoy Kumar’s cogent arguments to the chief secretary for a beacon, for him and his members, a few weeks back, it was the turn of the trade tax commissioner today.

In a letter to principal secretary (Transport), commissioner Rajnish Gupta demanded a blue beacon for himself and for many of his subordinates.

He argued that the nature of job of the trade tax officers was that of enforcement and beacons were needed to discharge their duty smoothly.

However, various commissions are also desperate to get beacons for their chairpersons and members. Their demand for a beacon gained momentum ever since the government authorised the chairperson and the members of the State Women Commission to use red beacons on their cars. Significantly, chairpersons and members of other commissions, like the Schedule Cast and Schedule Tribe Commission, the Backward Commission and the Minority Commission, want the flashy and revolving status symbol.

Principal secretary (Transport) Rajendra Bhaunwal said the State Women Commission’s chairperson and its members had been authorised to use red beacons because the very Act that created the Commission accorded a status of State Minister to them. He said requests allowing the use of beacons were also coming from various senior Central Government officers. “But we tell them that are governed by the Central Government rules and the State Government cannot allow or disallow them to use beacons,” he said.

Bhaunwal said for now there was no proposal to make any amendments to the existing GO on red/blue beacon lights, though representations from various departments, commissions and politicians were being studied.