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Road Safety conusltation held in Guwahati

Guwahati: Consumer Legal Protection Forum and Consumer VOICE, New Delhi is consumer protection organizations working to promote road safety. They organized a stakeholder workshop at hotel Aarian Atithya, Guwahati today. The main objective of the workshop was to strengthen the road safety aspects of MVA 2019.
Recently the Motor Vehicles Amendment Act 2019 has been passed and got assent of the President of India. This amendment aims to make Indian roads safer, reduce corruption and use technology to overhaul the country's transportation system. The next step is to frame the Motor Vehicle Rules by Central and State governments to implement the amended law for improving road safety.

The consultation mainly focused on the six vital pillars of road safety which are seen as the best global practice to reduce road casualties. The next step is to adopt the CMVR in the state / UT agenda for immediate implementation to enhance road safety. Assam has taken lead in efforts to strengthen road safety and it’s high time to have a consultation processes with the concerned stakeholders to make the necessary legislative framework within the shortest possible time.

Ashim Sanyal, COO Consumer VOICE said “The most effective ways to reduce road crash deaths is through strengthening road safety laws. We appreciate and congratulate the Government for giving green signal to the most awaited Motor Vehicles Act 2019. According to the road transport and highways ministry, half a million accidents are reported in India every year, in which 150,000 people lose their lives. The amendment Act will help to reduce the road fatalities and injuries with the stringent penalties / other provisions and change the road habits of citizens who are breaking the rules. We urge the Assam government to include the new rules of MVA 2019 in the Assam Motor vehicle rules.”

Gautam Das, District Transport Officer, Kamrup (R) said “The transport department is working on road safety in Assam to make state roads safer. We were following the Central government MVA 1988 and also have Assam Motor Vehicles Rules 2003 which also includes the main risk factors of road safety. We will follow and include the new amended rules by MVA 2019 to make stringent enforcements.
According to the data of ministry number of road crash fatalities in India currently hovers around 1.5 lakh with another 5 lakh injured. Number of lives lost on national highways during last year was, 54,046 as compared to 53,181 in 2017.
Prasanta Saikia, DCP (Traffic), Commissionerate of Police, Guwahati said that in the last six months itself in Assam around 2,359 accidents occurred in which 1,980 people were injured and 928 lost their life. It’s time to take the new rules amended in Motor Vehicles Act 2019 to make police enforcement drives more effective to prevent casualties.  

Motor Vehicles Amendment Act 1988 which came into force in 1989 was 30 year old act and  new MVA 2019 replaced this act. In the new Motor Vehicles Act 2019 around 89 provisions include increase in penalty related to risk factors such as drunk driving, over speeding, helmet  wearing , seat belt  and child restraint , culpability of parents of juveniles for violation of rules, provisions for the electronic monitoring and enforcement of road safety, good Samaritan provisions etc are included to strengthen the road safety.
Ajoy Hazarika, Secretary, Consumer Legal Protection Forum said that over 50% of road deaths in recent years have been in the age group of 14-35 which is prime productive age group. These were caused because of high speed, breaking traffic signals, not wearing helmets / seat belts, drink driving among other causes. These can be effectively stopped by enforcing the new MVA rules.

Rinki Sharma, Project Head, Consumer Voice, Joysing Rongphar, MVI, Kamrup and Bikram Gogoi, Enforcement Inspector, Kamrup speakes on "next steps to enforce amended laws and the best practices to enhance road safety beyond just law enforcement" in the panel discussion as a panelist.

The program was largely attended Transport and Traffic Police officials, Students, Media, CSOs and activist working on road safety.

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Sonowal reviewed flood situation

30 Jul 2016 - 1:10pm | AT Kokrajhar Bureau

Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal reviewed the ongoing relief works for the flood affected areas on his Chirang district visit on Friday.

Taking serious note of the prevailing flood situation, CM Sonowal asked the district administrations to visit areas to ensure proper relief operations and assess the flood damages. He also asked to evaluate the post- flood scenario and instil confidence on flood marooned people. Further, he asking them to keep constant touch with the local MLAs so as to jointly expedite the relief works without leaving no stone unturned in order to mitigate the problem. After the meeting, he visited erosion site of Aie river at Choto Nilibari.

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Prepared to broker peace: Ravi Shankar

7 Sep 2017 - 10:39pm | AT News

Spiritual leader Ravi Shankar on Thursday evinced keen interest to broker peace with the rebel groups operating in the north eastern region. 

Talking to media in the sidelines of the meeting of the north eastern indigenous groups in Guwahati, thr spiritual leader said hr wants the region to restore peace with active role of the rebel groups. 

Flanked by ULFA(I), leader Anup Chetia he said ,“Several youth have already expressed their desire to come overground if the government ensures a respectable deal. They are watching how the government handles the case of the 68 youth who recently surrendered in Manipur with our intervention,” he revealed. 

He said diverse groups have come together on a common platform to discuss the issues facing the region. “There are differences of opinions and I see it as a healthy sign. Once the basic principle of peace is established, all differences can be sorted out,” he added. 

Earlier delivering the keynote address at the STRENGTH IN DIVERSITY: North East Indigenous People’s Conference, he said, “This is a new beginning for the North East. For the very first time, there is a reconnect of people of this region, which is so diverse.” 

Saying that his heart goes out to the people of the region who had to undergo much suffering for decades, Gurudev observed that while the aspiration of every group that has gone into militancy has been to achieve prosperity and welfare, it cannot be achieved with conflict and has to come with cooperation. It is only this understanding that can mark the beginning of a new chapter in the history of the region, he remarked. 

The conference saw the participation of leaders from all walks of life, including leaders who have formerly taken up arms. Several former underground leaders led by General Secretary of United Liberation Front of Assam (ULFA) Anup Chetia were among the conveners of the event. Other prominent names include former leader of armed Tripura National Volunteers Bijoy Kumar Hrangkhawl and Dilip Nunisa of Dima Halam Daogah, the Assam-based militant outfit that laid down arms in 2013. 

Anup Chetia, along with the other prominent leaders at the conference acknowledged and appreciated Gurudev’s interest and commitment to the region and resolved to continue to work together to bring peace and prosperity in the region. 

The conference saw the attendance of a large contingent of leaders from Nagaland, including former army chief of NSCN(IM) Lt Gen VS Atem and several other leaders from various social, ethnic, linguistic and religious groups. 

R S Mooshahary, former Governor of Meghalaya was present too and hailed Gurudev as a peace ambassador. 

The day long deliberations at the Conference ended with the signing of the Guwahati Declaration by The Art of Living representatives and other conference partners, including the convener committee as well as all the linguistic, tribal, ethnic and insurgent groups of North East states. Everyone present pledged to bring together the indigenous peoples and ethnic groups of the region, and work collectively to achieve the ultimate goal of genuine peace, prosperity and happiness for North East.

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