Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K Palaniswami on Thursday removed the beacon light from his car following the Union cabinet decision to do away with the VIP culture.

The chief minister personally removed the red beacon light from his car a day after the Union cabinet decided that beacons atop all official vehicles will have to be removed from May 1.

"From today the red beacon in my car is being removed," Palaniswami said, adding, his cabinet colleagues will follow suit.

Four other state ministers- Finance Minister Thomas Issac, Water Resources Minister Mathew T Thomas, Culture Minister AK Balan and Revenue Minister E Chandrasekheran also removed the beacons fitted on their official vehicles on Thursday.

Seeking to end VIP culture, the Union Cabinet on Wednesday decided that beacon light will be removed from all vehicles, including that of the President, Prime Minister and state chief ministers, from May 1.

Beacons, however, will be allowed on vehicles concerning emergency and relief services, ambulance and fire service, the governent stated.

(With inputs from Agencies)