West Bengal Minister uses red beacon on his auto, defies centre ban

The centre said that to ensure there were no exceptions, it was ending the rule which allowed it and state governments to decide who can use red lights to cut through traffic while on official business.

Speaking to reporters, Banerjee said the Centre's decision was aimed at destroying India's federal structure and bulldoze the state's powers. It is undemocratic, unconstitutional and unethical.

"The prime focus of the regulation is to protect the animals from cruelty and not to regulate the existing trade in cattle for slaughter houses". "We have written to the Centre in this regard but are yet to receive any response", said Ms. Banerjee.

Her comments add to a swirling controversy over beef consumption, especially after the Centre's controversial notification last week. It is envisaged that welfare of cattle dealt in the market will be ensured and that only healthy animals are traded for agriculture purposes for the benefits of the farmers.

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West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata BanerjeeTwitter Ankita Singh

In April, the Centre announced that Prime Minister Narendra Modi had made a decision to scrap a rule that allowed the Central and State governments to select dignitaries who would be allowed to use a red beacon to on their vehicles. However it also says that the animals for slaughter would have to be bought from the farmers at the farms.

Red Beacon ban: West Bengal Minister Arup Biswas on May 29th was seen using a red beacon atop his auto in Siliguri, reported ANI.

"It is a deliberate attempt to encroach upon the state's powers". Well, West Bengal PWD Minister Biswas and Chairman of Siliguri Jalpaiguri Development Authority (SJDA) were seen using red beacons atop their vehicles.

"I have told my ministers not to use the red beacon in the city but while travelling along the national highways, we need some alternative (signage)".

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