New Delhi: Several members of Parliament,
cutting across party lines, on Friday sought permission for use of
beacons atop their vehicles.
A number of MPs from various political parties today
presented a memorandum in this regard to the Chairman of the
Privileges Committee, reiterating their rights and privileges
The members said they be permitted the use of red light
atop their vehicles all over the country as they were not
allowed the use of beacons on their vehicles in Delhi. Many of
them had been penalised for use of beacon on vehicles in
Delhi, they pointed out.
Yashvir Singh, an MP from Uttar Pradesh, said though they
were permitted the use of beacons on their vehicles in their
own state, they were not allowed its use in the national
"Even smaller officers use red light but we are not
allowed even though we represent about 30 lakh voters", one MP
They also pointed out that MPs figured at number 21 in the
protocol list while their status was much higher and they be
upgraded. MPs also sought separate lines for them at toll
barriers across the country.
"Officials of the state and central governments figure
higher than MPs in the protocol list," said Congress MP
Avtar Singh Bhadana.
Rakesh Sachan, a Samajwadi Party MP, also aired similar
views while another MP Brij Bhushan said "smaller officers
have red lights atop their vehicles in Delhi but not us."