‘This decision was long overdue’
Srinagar, Apr 20: Former union minister and senior Congress leader, Prof Saifuddin Soz Thursday welcomed the Government of India’s (GoI) decision to abolish to the use of red beacons on top of the vehicles used by government officials and dignitaries.
Soz in a statement issued to KNS said, “I welcome the GoI’s decision to abolish Lal Bati for VIP vehicles. This decision was long overdue.”
“Personally speaking, I belonged to the category of Parliamentarians who saw dignity in their simplicity. At this moment, we must not lose sight of the fact that Arvind Kajriwal and S Amrinder Singh, CMs of Delhi and Punjab, respectively, had already rejected this awkward culture of Lal-Bati,” he said.
“I regret to say that some Parliamentarians wanted to throw weight around and that was only their vanity. I must relate the story how I had got a hoarding, put-up by Air India, removed as that indicated a special counter for MPs. On my personal counter complaint against the group of MPs, the then Minister of Aviation, Praful Patel, had got such hoardings removed from all Airports in India,” he said.
“My plea was that if MPs wanted special counters for ticketing etc., then the judges, legislators and other categories of high ranking citizens would also want it and there would be no end to this awkward practice. I had refused to board the flight unless the hoarding was removed. I feel happy now that my complaint then had a telling effect on the system,” he added. (KNS)