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Restriction on red beacon lights, flag poles ignored

Published on 13 Oct. 2016 12:26 AM IST
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Despite having issued several reminders the government ban on misuse of sirens/beacon lights issued during 2014 appears to be unenforced.
The state government had sought to enforce the central government regulations against unauthorised use of sirens, beacons and designation plates and leaving it to the district administration and police to conduct regular checks in the respective districts. 
 The following were highlighted in the notification(s) for public awareness and compliance: 
Siren: To be used only by the state governor; chief minister; VVIPs and union ministers during their visit to the state; governor and chief ministers of other states when they visit the state and state legislative assembly speaker.
Red beacon (with flasher)/Flag post: Red light, designation plates and flag post would be allowed only for the governor; chief minister; holders of Bharat Ratna decoration; deputy chief minister; chief justice of high court of Assam and Nagaland; NLA speaker; cabinet ministers; vice-chairman of state planning board; leader of opposition in the assembly;
Red beacon (without flasher): judges of high court; NLA deputy speaker; parliamentary secretaries; MPs; MLAs; chief secretary; state information commissioners; NPSC chairperson & member; additional chief secretaries; 
Blue beacon (with flasher): DGP; commissioner; home commissioner; principal secretaries; chief electoral officer; Addl DGP; commissioner & secretaries/special secretary to the government; IGP/officers in the rank of Major General and equivalent in the Army; advocate general; account general of Nagaland; NU VC; secretaries to the government; secretary to legislative assembly; DIG; Brigadier or equivalent ranks in the Army; DCs and SPs.
Blue beacon (without flasher): police pilot vehicle as per entitlement of all VVIPs; recovery/break down crane on road accident duty; police vehicle on road/traffic interception duty; ambulances on emergency duty and fire tenders.
Designation plates with red background: addl. secretaries to the government /HoD/addl. directors and equivalent officials; ADC, SDO, R.O. Border Magistrate.
Designation plates with white letters and blue background: chairperson/deputy chairperson/members of municipal and town councils; Central government departments and undertaking under government of India (BSNL, Census, DD, SBI etc.)
It is found that many junior officers below addl. secretary were using red beacon lights including those in private organisations.

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