|JAMMU, Nov 21: The Government has asked the Transport department to launch a sustained campaign to create mass awareness about road safety rules to bring down the graph of accidents in the state.|
The directions were issued by the Minister for Transport, Consumer Affairs and Public Distribution (CA&PD), Qamar Ali Akhoon, while chairing a meeting convened to review the functioning of the Transport Department and its allied wings.
The Minister asked the department functionaries to hold series of awareness camps at Bus stands, public places, Main Chowks, Educational Institutions etc, to educate people and the transport operators about the road safety rules. He asked to involve students, Non Governmental Organisations, Civil Society members and the mass media, including theatre groups in the awareness campaign.
The Minister asked the enforcement agencies to check rash and negligent driving, besides overloading by the public transport as these are considered as main reasons of fatal accidents leading to loss of precious lives.
The Minister also listed various reforms planned for maintaining transparency in the issuance of licences, Fitness Certificates and other requirements to ensure safe and efficient transport system in the state.
He said that the government has mooted a plan to install cameras to record the driving test and passing of vehicles to check mal practices in the issuances of these crucial permissions.
Earlier, Transport Commissioner Mehraj Ahmad Kakroo informed the meeting that the Transport Department has realized an amount of Rs 81.97 crore till October this year against the target of Rs 135.70 cr set for this year. It was also given out in the meeting that the field functionaries of the Motor Vehicles Department had collected Rs 36.41 crore as fine, penalty during road checking till ending July, 2012. The meeting was informed that Rs 90.25 lakh have been disbursed under Passenger Welfare Fund among accident victims.
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News Updated at : Wednesday, November 21, 2012