Road safety imperative
Road safety imperative
This is in reference to the column “Redraft the road safety Bill” by Indu Bhan (April 16). The imperative, the need of the hour is to drastically prevent the rising road accidents, the resultant hardships and the mortalities. The heavy weighing proposed punitive actions would amply spurt corruption and malpractices and defeat the very purpose of the bill. The usage of motor vehicles are rapidly growing up in sync with the rising incomes,and due to easy availability of the alternate sources of funds, such as institutional credit, and financing by the dealers. At a time when the density of vehicles on road is on the rise, the inevitability of road accidents can’t be ruled out. Greater emphasis needs to be given to create road safety awareness by introducing, on an ongoing basis, educative programmes right from lower school to colleges which would certainly go a long way in achieving the desired results. While issuing driving licences the issuing authorities need to be proactive in ensuring that the candidate is fully aware of the motor vehicles act and related safety measures. The proposed bill (The Road Transport and safety bill 2014) needs to be redrafted for giving more significance to preventive measures rather than for imposing punitive actions. Punitive actions need to be imposed in sync with the gravity of violations to avoid the chances of malpractices and corruption.
Modi shines overseas
The rock-star reception given to prime minister Narendra Modi in Toronto was a repeat of the one in Madison Square Garden in New York. The audience comprised non-resident Indians (NRIs) and did not constitute a microcosm of India. Empowered to go to foreign lands in search of better fortunes, they at best represent the upper crust of Indian society. It was no surprise that they chanted ‘Modi, Modi, Modi” any number of times as he mirrored them and spoke of a resurgent India without a clear-cut agenda for the transformation of all Indians. In his extempore speech made in Canada, the PM could not resist taking a side-swipe at the Opposition, in a clear deviation from not taking jibes at the political opponents on foreign soil.
G David Milton , Kanyakumari
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