PM talks of road safety; skips political row

SansadTV Bureau
File Photo ( PTI )

File Photo ( PTI )

Concerned over the high rate of casualties in accidents, the government will soon bring a Road Transport and Safety Bill and launch cashless treatment for mishap victims; Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Sunday in his monthly radio programme ‘Mann ki Baat’ while avoided any mention of politics or the logjam in Parliament.

In his 15-minute programme, PM also hailed the armed forces in the context of Kargil Vijay Divas, paid tributes to the farming community and praised scientists, besides saying that a team of officials will pay a week-long visit to the North-eastern states to understand the problems of the region and address them.

Paying tribute to the martyrs of Kargil war on Vijay Divas, PM said In Kargil, each of our soldier proved more than a 100 of the enemy. I salute to the brave soldiers who thwarted the evil designs of the enemy without caring for their own lives. The Kargil war was not fought only on the border but every village, every city contributed to it.

He also invited suggestions from the public which could form part of his Independence Day speech.

He also thanked the people for making the initiative MyGov, “a forum for people’s participation in the process of governance,” a success.

Talking about road accidents, he mentioned the case of a scooter rider lying bleeding on a road in Delhi with nobody helping him; the PM said he had got many suggestions to speak on road safety.

Keeping such types of accident in mind, the government will soon bring a Road Transport and Safety Bill, he said.

A project for road accident will be introduced under which cashless treatment will be given to accident victims, wherein the victim does not have to worry for the first 50 hours as to who pays the money for treatment, will also be launched soon, he said.

Talking about the North East, Modi said that under the ‘Act East’ policy of his government, officials of the Ministry of Development of North East Region (DONER) will go to the states of the region. “They will hold seven-day camps, talk to people and address their problems,” he said.

With regard to the farm sector, he expressed happiness that the Monsoon rainfall has been good so far and production of pulses and oil seeds has shown an increase of 50 per cent and 33 per cent respectively.