Not just ministers, officers misusing beacons on cars
While Maharashtra ministers are flouting rules by using red beacons on their private vehicles, bureaucrats are also following suit. Several officers of the state government have beacons on their cars even though they are not entitled to use them, according to rules set up by the state in April 2014.
HT had reported on July 12 how ministers in the state have been flouting rules by using beacons on their personal vehicles.
Beacons — the symbol of the government’s power and authority — do not just guarantee immediate entry into every government establishment such as the Mantralaya, but it is also a status symbol for many. “Several officials get entry anywhere just by keeping a beacon on the dashboard,” said an official, adding that many people put beacons to avoid toll and get preference at traffic signals.
HT found that several officers have been using the amber and blue beacons, including in the CM’s office, even after the SC asked governments to issue guidelines to curb its rampant use.