Indian IAS officers to use flagged cars

KOLKATA: With the beacons gone, the vehicles of IAS officers are no longer distinguishable from those of the common citizens. 

To find a way out of this, the state has come up with a novel plan. It has notified a scheme under which IAS officers, who represent the government at various levels, can use different types of flags with the 'Biswa-Banga' logo, designed by chief minister Mamata Banerjee herself, on their official vehicles.

Three types of flags — rectangular, swallow-tailed and triangular — have been decided upon for use depending on the rank of the official. 

These will be in use only when the officer is on official duty. The personnel and administrative department of the state issued the notification on Monday. It said, "In view of the significant rise in the level of interaction with various international- and national-level authorities, it is felt that a flag for use on vehicles being used by IAS officers to be installed.