Imphal: Commemorate the drivers deceased while delivering travel service to people, 34th Driver’s Day observation, 2023 was observed at two different places, here on Saturday.
The observation was held at Inter State Bus Terminal (ISBT), Khuman Lampak, Imphal East organised by Joint Co-ordinating Committee 34th Drivers Day Observation, 2023 under the aegis of All Manipur Road Transport Driver’s and Motor Worker’s Union (AMRTDMWU).
Transport minister Khashim Vashum said all the drivers need to follow proper discipline while driving and serving for the people as drivers are taking a major role for people’s welfare.
The government is planning to set up an ISTD at Sekmai so that drivers plying along the highway could take rest. It has also plan to set up several resting place for drivers along the state and national highways, he added.
He said the state will be observing “Road Safety Week” from January 17.
He also condoled the demises of the drivers.
As a part of the function, deceased family of the drivers and others paid floral tribute to the departed drivers.
Secretary of AMRTDMWU Maimom Anil Meitei said, since 1990 one driver and one assistant driver were killed by unknown armed miscreants in Nagaland. In connection with the incident drivers of Manipur steered down and staged a strike at Old Airfield, Koirengei. Since then January 14 has been observing as Driver’s Day.
He said the drivers are serving the people day and night to provide essential commodities irrespective of caste, creed and religion even during the pandemic where people are hesitant to go outside from their residence.
He appealed the people to cooperate with the transport drivers and not to discriminate the profession.
During the programme the organising committee handed over shawl, blanket to over 1,000 transport drivers.
President of AMRTDMWU, Yambem Naoba Singh, Industry minister, Nemcha Kipgen, deputy secretary of transport David Elangbam and others attended as president and guests of honour respectively.
The Driver’s Day was also observed at Manipur Press Club which was jointly organized by Manipur Driver’s Association; Highway Truck Owners Organisation, Senapati district truck owner’s association and All Manipur Gorkha Truck Drivers and Owners Association.
During the function floral tributes were paid to the drivers who lost their lives on the line of duty. A 1 minute silence was also observed.
Labour minister thanked and appreciated the drivers for their service while providing essential commodities in a landlocked state like Manipur.
Several unwanted incidents had been occurring towards the drivers while delivering their services, he said. He condemned for using the drivers as tools by unknown miscreants when they wanted to make a demand to the state government.
He said to control and avoid the unwanted incidents from unknown miscreants the state government has launched Highway Patrol team that are serving round the clock. The government is also planning to deploy highway protection force along the national highways, Dingo said.