Jabalpur (Madhya Pradesh) [India], Apr 20 : After the Centre today came up with the decision to end the VIP culture and banned the use of red beacon on vehicles belonging to dignitaries, including the central and state ministers, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan followed suit and announced that he also wouldn't use the red beacon on his car, assuring that other ministers would also follow the decision.
"I am quitting the red beacon today onwards and other ministers will also quit the same," Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said.
The decision taken by the Union Cabinet will reportedly be implemented from May 1. The ban applies to union ministers, chief ministers, state cabinet ministers, bureaucrats and judges of the High Court and Supreme Court.
Five categories would be allowed to use the red beacon- President, Vice President, Prime Minister, Chief Justice of India and the Lok Sabha Speaker.
It was reported last week that the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) had called a meeting to discuss whether the red beacon should be discarded or restricted to certain dignitaries.