House Panel Chief Wants ‘Action Taken Report’ On JK Road Mishaps

SRINAGAR: Voicing concern over growing road accidents in Jammu and Kashmir, the head of a legislative panel which looked into the issue today asked the government to come out with a report on action taken over its recommendations.

"The government should come out with a report on action taken over recommendations of a House Committee that was constituted to prepare a comprehensive report on causes and measures to bring down the number of road mishaps in the state," State Secretary of CPI(M) MY Tarigami said in a statement here.

Tarigami, who headed by the House Committee, said over a year has passed since the panel submitted its report, but the government is yet to come out with its action taken report on the recommendations.

"This speaks volumes about the government's indifferent attitude towards this serious humanitarian crisis," he alleged.

The CPI(M) leader said the recent assurance to the House on part of the Speaker of Legislative Assembly that the government will be asked for an action taken report has also been taken lightly by the government.

"The repeated road accidents in Doda, Kistwar, Ramban and Udhampur districts is a grave concern for all of us.

"It is a situation which demands immediate results and attention of all of us especially the officers of transport, traffic police and Border Roads Organisation to put forward their departmental specific assignment of the causes responsible for causing accidents in these hilly districts," he added.

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The Minister of state for Home, Sajad Ahmed Kichloo has expressed his dismay over the increased frequency of road accidents “adding that enough is enough”, further loss of precious lives on account of road accidents will not be tolerated any more.

In a statement issued here on reaching Jammu from kishtwar, where a terrific road accident has claimed four precious human lives yesterday, Mr. Kichloo said that stringent action will be taken against concerned officers from top to bottom for any negligence in checking road accidents. He has called for maintaining a daily register to know the causes of road accidents so that responsibility is fixed against defaulting officers for negligence in their duties. He said immediate action will be taken against concerned officers including DTI’s, SHO’s and RTO’s of the respective areas where a road accident occurs due to their negligence.

Kichloo has directed the traffic police and transport department to increase frequency of checking to ascertain authenticity of driving licences, RC’s of the vehicles and route permits. He said it is most unfortunate that precious lives are lost in road accidents which could be avoided by timely checking of over loading and over speeding of vehicles.

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