Make Rajasthan a Model State in Road Safety Management – Chief Minister
– Number of interceptors to be increased, strict action on operating vehicles against rules
– Consider the role of Civil Defence Volunteers in Road Safety
– State-Level Task Force to be constituted to prevent road accidents
Jaipur, June 17. Chief Minister Shri Ashok Gehlot said that the State Government is committed to save every single life by reducing road accidents. The Government is continuously working with sensitivity to prevent accidents. He directed the transport, police and concerned department officers to make all possible efforts. He directed the officers not to be negligent in taking action and take strict action against the owners and drivers who operate against the rules.
Shri Gehlot was addressing the review meeting of the Transport and Road Safety Department at his official residence on Friday. He said that all the transport tax collection centres in the state will be closed from July 1. Tax concerned with vehicles entering and exiting the state (interstate tax) will be deposited online. This will provide convenience to the vehicle operators. He said the State Government is increasing the number of the digital interceptors in the State for taking action against vehicle drivers violating the transport rules. He said that soon a state-level task force will be formed to reduce the accidents.
Make Rajasthan a Model State in Road Safety
Shri Gehlot expressing concern over the road accidents said that the efforts, innovations and campaigns that were made during the last days to improve the road safety management and reduce the accidents should be continued. He said that the transport department, police department, public works department and other concerned departments working in complete coordination should establish Rajasthan as the model state in road safety management.
Make Master Plan for Road Safety
The Chief Minister said that the transport department will soon start working in a planned manner by making a master plan. Such strict action should be taken on those violating the traffic rules so that vehicle drivers from other states should get the message of following the rules. He directed joint action by the Police and the Transport Departments to stop the sale and wearing helmets without ISI Mark. He said that strict action should be taken against the vehicle owners driving vehicles without fitness, pollution certificates and the concerned documents, along with imparting training to vehicle drivers from time to time, to get the necessary health check-up done and to make the vehicle owners aware to supervise.
Free treatment in hospitals for road accident victims
Shri Gehlot directed the Medical and Health Department officers to ensure free treatment of people injured in road accidents in Government and private hospitals. He said that regular meetings at the district level should be organised to prevent road accidents. He asked to consider the role of civil defence volunteers in bringing down the road accidents.
82% deaths due to speeding, Citizens must follow rules
The Chief Minister said that 82% of deaths in the State take place due to speeding. Along with this, every year thousands of citizens die in road accidents due to violation of rules. It is our endeavour that the figure for Rajasthan comes at the minimum level. The concerned departmental officers should work to prevent this with sensitivity. Citizens themselves should ensure following the traffic rules.
Shri Gehlot said that accident-prone black spots that have come to the fore in the audit of highways should be set right in form of a campaign. Besides closing unauthorised road cuts, complete road signage, marking, lighting etc should be ensured.
The Chief Minister said that the Intelligent Traffic Management System ((ITMS) should be implemented soon to prevent accidents due to over speeding and overloaded vehicles on the highways and main roads. He said that traffic systems should be made high-tech by promoting technical innovations so that accidents are controlled and also to avoid traffic jams.
Health Minister Shri Parsadi Lal Meena, Minister of State for Transport Shri Brijendra Ola and DGP Shri M L Lather gave suggestions for better traffic management. Additional Chief Secretary Shri Abhay Kumar, Additional DGP Road Safety Shri VK Singh and Transport Commissioner Shri Kanhiyalal Swami apprised about the departmental works and innovations done to prevent road accidents.
Principal Secretary Finance Shri Akhil Arora, Principal Secretary Medical Education Shri Vaibhav Galriya, Secretary Civil Defence Shri Ashutosh AT Pednekar, Secretary Health Dr Prithvi Raj and Additional Transport Commissioner Shri Mahendra Kumar Khinchi and other departmental senior officers were present in the meeting.