Guwahati : Following the Union cabinet decision to do away with the red beacons atop cars of ministers, bureaucrats, politicians and VVIPs, Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal has directed all in the state to remove 'Red Light' being used atop vehicles immediately.
Welcoming the Union cabinet decision the Assam CM said that, the removal of red beacons is a step towards Narendra Modi's vision of a new India.
Terming the step of the Modi led Union cabinet's decision as a historic and bold step, Sonowal said that the removal of red light culture will make the country's democracy stronger.
Following Assam CM's directive, several ministers of the state government including Pramila Rani Brahma, Keshab Mahanta, Atul Bora, BJP's Assam unit president Ranjit Das on Thursday had removed red beacons from their cars.
The BJP led Assam government cabinet had earlier decided in the first cabinet meeting not to use red beacons in the ministers vehicles including CM's vehicle.
On the other hand, Assam governor Banwarilal Purohit appreciated the Union cabinet's ban on using red lights atop vehicles of the VVIPs.
In the light of the cabinet decision the Assam governor ordered removal of red lights from his vehicles with immediate effect.
He also termed the decision as people friendly and said that the move would greatly help in ensuring greater equality which is one of the cornerstones of Indian democracy.
(Reporting by Hemanta Kumar Nath)