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“Cabinet ministers to remove the (red) beacons from their official cars”

After the Union Cabinet took a decision to curtail the use of ‘Red Beacons’ effective from May 1, Goa’s Chief Minister has announced his decision to remove the red beacon light from his official car. He has asked his cabinet colleagues to do the same.

“The Chief minister has removed red beacon light from his official car. The instructions are also issued to all the Cabinet ministers to remove the beacons from their official cars,” a senior official from the Chief Ministers Office (CMO) told PTI.

The Prime Minister, the President, the Vice-President, the Chief Justice of India, Union ministers, Chief ministers, State cabinet ministers, Bureaucrats and Judges of the high court and Supreme Court will all come under the ambit of the new order.

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This means only the fire service, police, army and ambulances will sport the blue flasher for passage through traffic. “In a historic decision, the Cabinet has decided that beacon lights will be removed from all vehicles, barring emergency services vehicles, from May 1,” road transport and highways minister Nitin Gadkari was quoted in an HT report.

Following the CM’s decision, cabinet ministers Rohan Khaunte and Vijay Sardesai have asked their staff to remove the red beacon from their cars. Other cabinet ministers to do so are Jayesh Salgaonkar and Manohar ‘Babu’ Azgaonkar.

“I have decided to do away with the red beacon on my vehicle with immediate effect,” said Azgaonkar.
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