CM approved ‘Haryana Road Safety Fund Scheme’ 28-01-2015
Chandigarh January 28: Concerned over the rising number of fatal and non fatal accidents in the State, Haryana Chief Minister Mr Manohar Lal has approved a new scheme ‘Haryana Road Safety Fund Scheme’ of Haryana Police for providing smooth flow of traffic and ensuring safe travel for road users. The Chief Minister who was presiding over a meeting here said that the new scheme for traffic safety and management would also reduce the rate of accidents and mortality on National Highways and State Highways and other roads. Under this scheme, the fund would be utilized to impart traffic education to all roads users including children by holding awareness campaigns, rallies, quiz, drawing competition and by publishing advertisement in newspapers, putting hoarding or boards and printing pamphlets and to install surveillance cameras and accessories. Also, it would be utilized to procure traffic lights, traffic rule enforcement equipment’s like Radar guns, Interceptors, Alco-sensors, proper gear for traffic policemen that is helmets, fluorescent jackets, belts, pollution masks, barricades, cones for regulation of traffic. Apart from this, the fund would be used to provide aid to public in emergency or accident like towing the vehicle, arranging ambulance and any other activity to promote road safety and awareness among public. As part of the scheme, an Empowered Committee under the Chairmanship of Home Secretary would be constituted for the finalization of proposals received from different districts. The Committee would decide the methodology for providing such aid or assistance. The other members of the Committee included Administrative Secretaries of Finance, PWD (B&R) and Transport Departments, Director General of Police and other officers. It was also decided in the meeting that about 50 per cent of the compounding fee collected from various traffic violations challans in the previous year under the Motor Vehicles Act would be provided under the scheme for the next year. In the year 2013, total 13,20,801 challans have been issued by the Haryana Police and an amount of Rs 42, 56, 19, 423 was collected as compounding amount against these challans. The Chief Minister also directed that the State Road Safety Council under the Chairmanship of Transport Minister would also hold regular meetings to plan and coordinate with departments like PWD (B&R), Urban Local Bodies and Town and Country Planning in regard to road safety aspects. In the meeting, the Chief Minister was informed that the road accident scenario in the State is causing concern as nearly 11,000 accidents take place annually and around 4000 people lose their invaluable lives per year and more than 16,000 persons get seriously injured.