Chandigarh:Shunning VIP culture seems to be a hard nut to crack for the Captain Amarinder Singh-led Punjab government with certain senior bureaucrats and members of his council of ministers lodging their objection to the decision. The decision to do away with the red and blue beacons in Punjab, has been appreciated by a section of the bureaucrats and the politicians while the other section have termed the said beacons as an inseparable part of the Indian society.
Even two days after Capt Amarinder Singh-led Cabinet decided to shun red-beacons, the chief secretary of the government used a red-beacon atop his official vehicles.
Besides Chief Secretary Karan Avtar Singh, Cabinet Minister for Irrigation and Power Rana Gurjit Singh has already announced not to remove the red-beacon from his vehicles even after the government’s decision. He is learnt to have questioned that who will be responsible if anyone attacks him.
A survey carried out by Daily Post revealed that a majority of the Punjab government vehicles had removed their red and blue beacons in Chandigarh. The vehicles in different parts of the state and those entering Chandigarh were noticed using them with authority as a symbol of the VIP culture.
The government has restricted use of red and blue beacons by MLAs, chairmen of Zila Parishads, MPs, officers including secretaries, deputy commissioners, senior police officers and members of Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) and other religious institutions.
Interestingly, though the government has barred the beacons on government vehicles, barring those on emergency hospital, ambulance and fire brigade vehicles, and the vehicles of the Chief Justice and the Judges of Punjab and Haryana High Court, yet it is not clear in case of the District and Sessions Judges and Judges in districts.
Meanwhile, repeated attempts to contact Rana Gurjit Singh proved futile.