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J&K Road Safety Council violating Governor’s directives, fails to meet during past 10 months

In utter disregard to the repeated directives of the Governor, Jammu and Kashmir Road Safety Council has failed to meet during the past over 10 months although it was supposed to hold deliberations on the aspects leading to tragic road accidents in the length and breadth of the State at least once in every quarter. Moreover, the new framework of the Council approved by the State Legislature in the month of February this year in order to check the menace with iron hands has not been put in place by the authorities of the concerned departments till now.
Official sources told that on February 14, 2015, Governor N N Vohra, while chairing a specially convened meeting, had expressed serious concern over failure to the concerned authorities to conduct meetings of J&K Road Safety Council after regular intervals for thorough deliberations on the issues, suggest remedial measures and review action taken on the decisions by the concerned departments as road safety is a multi-agency task.
Accordingly, Governor had directed that J&K Road Safety Council should meet in every quarter to review the implementation of decisions taken in the previous meetings and make necessary directions to the concerned departments. Similarly, he directed Divisional Commissioners to ensure that meetings of the District Road Safety Committees are held on monthly basis by the concerned Deputy Commissioners.
“Though some meetings of the Council were held following the directions of the Governor but with the passage of time administrative inertia again prevailed and the outcome of the same is that no meeting of the J&K Road Safety Council has been convened during the past over 10 months”, sources said while mentioning that the last meeting of the Council was held in the month of August last year.
Due to non-holding of any meeting of the Council since August last year, progress on the decisions taken in last meeting could not be ascertained, they further said, adding in the last meeting Chief Secretary, who was chairing the meeting, had stressed on expediting the work on establishment of Institute of Driving Training and Research (IDTR) and Inspection and Certificate Centre but the Council is unaware of the development on this aspect.
“By not convening any meeting during past 10 months the concerned authorities have violated the explicit directives of the Governor N N Vohra, who is concerned over loss of huge lives in the tragic road accidents and always express annoyance over dilly-dallying approach of the concerned authorities in handling the grave issue”, sources said while disclosing that even District Road Safety Committees are not meeting regularly although they are supposed to meet once in every month as per the directions issued in February 2015.

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