West Bengal minister Arup Biswas utilizes red beacon, quotes ‘not restricted by Centre’s orders’


SILIGURI: West Bengal PWD Minister Arup Biswas was noticed using the red beacon on Monday on his vehicle in spite of Centre’s ban.

“Our government has not yet banned red beacon. So we are not bound to follow the other instructions,” Biswas afffirmed.

The Center has allowed emergency vehicles on obligation for controlling lawfulness including police, protection and paramilitary strengths to use multi-hued signal lights including red, blue and white hues.

Looking to finish the VIP culture, the Union Cabinet in April took decision that beacon lights will be discharged from all vehicles from May 1 with the exception of emergency vehicles involving ambulances and fire brigades.

The announcement issued in execution of powers communicated on the Central Government under sub-rule 4 of rule 108 of the Central Motor Vehicles Rules, 1989 stated that the multi-coloured light shall not be set to utilize when the vehicle is not on the allocated duty.

The prohibition pertains union ministers, chief ministers, state cabinet ministers, bureaucrats and judges of the High Court and Supreme Court. On the other hand, President, Vice President, Prime Minister, Chief Justice of India and the Lok Sabha Speaker are free from the outlaw.