Officials indulging in issuing fake license will not be spared: Biren
Pothashang News Service: Imphal, September 17, 2019: Manipur chief minister N. Biren Singh asked the transport department officials to be careful in issuing driving license after the applicant identities are strictly scrutinised saying that it may be used as a legal document by illegal migrants to even claim themselves as state natives.
“No official found indulging in irregularities in issuing driving license would be spared”, the chief minister said. He said many fake licenses were detected during a mass drive conducted last year
The chief minister expressed urgent need for strict scrutiny of identities before issuing driving license to applicants and checking import of cheap pre-owned vehicles to the State.
He made the remark while addressing at a Road Safety Awareness Programme on Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Act, 2019 at ISBT Complex, Dewlahland on Tuesday.
The Motor Vehicles Act had been amended to curb and contain rising number of fatal road accidents. During the period from January to June this year, 346 road accidents occurred in the State claiming 77 lives and injuring 556 persons. In comparison with the accident data of 2018 during the same period, this year witnessed an increase of 23.13% in the number of accidents. There was also rise of 14.92% in the number of deaths and 15.11% in the number of injuries, the chief minister informed.
Stating that drives against traffic rules violators would be intensified soon, he urged the common people to co-operate with Traffic Police and transport department officials in this regard because the government is doing all these things for the safety of common people. On the other hand, he also asked the police and transport department officials to behave well with public while conducting traffic drives.
Observing that road safety and traffic rules can’t be taken for granted, Biren appealed to the public to wear BIS-standard helmets, fasten seat belt and obey road safety guidelines and rules while driving.
The chief minister administered road safety pledge to the gathering. He also handed over breath analysers and megaphones to traffic police and District Transport Officers. As part of the function, students also displayed placards on road safety at six traffic junctions.
Chief secretary Dr. J. Suresh Babu, who is also the chairman of High Level Committee on Road Safety, MSPCL and LDA chairman L. Sushindro, MLAs Awangbou Newmai and Khashim Vashum, DGP L.M. Khaute, additional chief secretary M.H. Khan, transport commissioner M. Harekrishna, IGPs I.K. Muivah and Clay Khongsai attended the function.
Traffic SP Khoisnam Sarma and Harekrishna also spoke at the awareness programme.
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