According to rule 7 of Schedule 2 of the State Emblem of India (Regulation of Use) Rules, 2007, only certain statutory authorities and other high officials will have the right to use Ashoka's sign or State Emblem on their cars. In this article you will know which people can use this sign on their vehicle.
Rule 6 of the act also gives guidelines regarding the use of state emblem on the stationery like letterhead, visiting cards etc. But in this article we will know about the provisions related to the rule 7 of this act.
This act states that state emblem can be used on buildings of national importance like Parliament, Parliament House, Supreme Court, Central Secretariat building etc.
In this article you will come to know who can use this Ashok symbol on their vehicles.
It is worth to mention that the Ministry of Home Affairs is authorised to issue guidelines regarding the use of state emblem on the vehicles.
In response to an RTI, the Home Ministry acknowledged that state emblem is misused by so many VIPs hence the state embleml is used by those who are not eligible to use it. That is why we have prepared this article to spread the awareness among the general public.
The following statutory Constitutional authorities and other dignitaries may display the emblem on their cars;
(1). Cars of Rashtrapati Bhawan;
When the following dignitaries or their spouses are travelling by such vehicles:
(b) Visiting Heads of foreign States
(c) Visiting Vice-Presidents of foreign State or dignitaries of equivalent status
(d) Visiting heads of foreign Governments or dignitaries of equivalent status like Crown Prince or Princess of a foreign State
(e) The spare car following the car of the President
(2) Car of Vice-President when he or his spouse is travelling by such vehicle
(3) Cars of Raj Bhawan;
When the following dignitaries or their spouses are travelling by such vehicles within the concerned State or the Union territory:
(c) Governor of the State
(d) Lieutenant Governor of the Union territory
(e) Visiting Heads of foreign States
(f) Visiting Vice-Presidents of foreign States or dignitaries of equivalent status
(g) Visiting Heads of foreign Governments or dignitaries of equivalent status
(4) Cars and other means of transport used by the Heads of India’s Diplomatic Missions in the countries of their accreditation.
(5) Cars and other means of transport used by the Heads of India’s Counsellor posted abroad in the countries of their accreditation.
(6) Cars maintained by the Protocol Division of the Ministry of External Affairs when in use for duty with the foreign dignitaries of the rank of Cabinet Ministers and above visiting India and Ambassadors accredited to India on ceremonial occasions.
Part 2 of the same law allows following authorities to display the Ashoka Chakra on Triangular Metal Plaques on their cars when they are roaming anywhere within India;
1. Prime Minister
2. Cabinet Minister
3. Speaker and Deputy Speaker of Lok Sabha
4. Deputy Speaker of Rajya Sabha
5. Chief Justice and other judges of Supreme Court of India
The following authorities may display the Ashoka Chakra on Triangular Metal Plaques on their cars only within the territory of their State or Union territory;
1. Chief Justice and other judges of the High Courts
2. Cabinet Ministers of the States
3. Ministers of States in States
4. Speakers and Deputy Speakers of the State Legislative Assemblies
5. Chairmen and Deputy Chairmen of Councils of States
6. Ministers of Delhi and Puducherry Legislative Assemblies
7. Speakers and Deputy Speakers of Legislative Assemblies of Delhi and Puducherry
After reading the names given above it becomes clear that the Ashok emblem can be used only on vehicles of very important persons. But it is observed that the state emblem is used by those peoples who are not eligible to do so which is clearly comes under the violation of this law.