Chief minister Ashok Gehlot on Thursday lauded the initiative of Union road transport minister Nitin Gadkari for hiking the penalty for traffic rules violations in the new Motor Vehicle Act 2019, which the state implemented on Wednesday.
Gehlot said that the state government is concerned about the number of deaths due to road accidents and will formulate an action plan to reduce it by 50%.
A meeting of departments concerned would be convened soon for this and road safety would be made part of the school curriculum, he said.
He was addressing milk producers during a helmet distribution programme organized by the Bhilwara District Milk Producers Cooperative Society through video conference. The society announced to distribute 15,000 helmets to milkmen. The chief minister stressed on organising awareness programmes like seminars and other activities related to road safety in collaboration with voluntary organizations in the districts. He also stressed on opening good driving institutes at divisional and district headquarters. He said that a good quality helmet could reduce the fatality rate by 50%.
Transport minister Pratap Singh Khachariyawas said that the transport department was determined to reduce road accidents. The intention behind the implementation of the Motor Vehicles Act 2019 in the state was that people could be saved from rash driving and accidents. He claimed that the government had fixed the penalty amount on rational basis in its jurisdiction keeping public interest paramount. Agriculture and Animal Husbandry Minister Lalchand Kataria Gopaln minister Pramod jain Bhaya also attended the function.
President and MLA of Bhilwara District Milk Producers Cooperative Federation, Ramlal Jat said that about 3,000 milk producers have been trained in road safety by Bhilwara Dairy. He said that with the cooperation of Rajasthan Road Safety Society, 15,000 t helmets of good quality are being made available to them.
In this, helmet is being given to the beneficiary at a mere 35% of the price. The remaining contribution is being borne by the Milk Union and the concerned milk committee.Source: Economic Times