Not just min­is­ters, of­fi­cers misusing bea­cons on cars

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - FRONT PAGE - Kailash Korde kailash.korde@hin­dus­tan­times.com

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.

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