Officials warned against issuance of fake license

IMPHAL, 18th Sep: Expressing serious concern over the threat of illegal migrants the state is facing, chief minister N Biren has asked transport department officials to strictly scrutinise identities of applicants before issuing driving license and also check import of cheap pre-owned vehicles to the state.
Speaking as chief guest at the Road Safety awareness programme on Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Act, 2019 held at ISBT Complex, here on Tuesday, the CM maintained that the drive against violation of traffic rules by traffic control police along with civil police is not for the sake of the police force but for the protection of public lives. The Motor Vehicles Act was amended to curb and contain rising number of fatal road accidents, he said.
During the period from January to June this year, 346 road accidents occurred in the state claiming 77 lives and injuring 556 persons. In comparison with the accident data of 2018 during the same period, this year witnessed an increase of 23.13 per cent. There was also rise of 14.92 per cent in death toll and 15.11 per cent in injuries, he informed.
The CM, who also holds charge of transport and is also the chairman of State Level Road Safety Council, asked the officials concerned of the state transport department to be careful in issuing driving license as it is an important identity document. They should strictly scrutinise identities of applicants before issuing driving license because it may be used as a legal document by illegal migrants to even claim themselves as state natives, he cautioned.
Biren further cautioned that officials found indulging in irregularities in issuing driving license would not be spared. He also cited the case of several fake licenses detected during a mass drive conducted last year. He further informed that the drive against traffic rules violators would be intensified soon and urged the public to co-operate with the government as it is doing all these things for the safety of common people. On the other hand, he asked police and transport department officials to behave well with public while conducting traffic drives.
Observing that road safety and traffic rules can't be taken for granted, Biren further appealed to the public to wear BIS-standard helmets, fasten seat belt and obey road safety guidelines and rules while driving.
The CM also highlighted various public welfare schemes launched by the government and upcoming plans.
Chief secretary Dr J Suresh Babu, who is also the chairman of High Level Committee on Road Safety, was the functional president of the programme jointly organised by the state transport department and traffic control wing in association with Rotary Club of Imphal and Rotary Club of Polo City Imphal.
MSPCL and LDA chairman L Susindro, MLAs Awangbou Newmai and Khashim Vashum, DGP LM Khaute, additional chief secretary MH Khan, commissioner (transport) M Harekrishna, IGPs IK Muivah and Clay Khongsai also attended the programme.
SP (traffic) Khoisnam Sarma and commissioner (transport) M Harekrishna spoke as resource persons during the awareness programme.
Later, the CM administered road safety pledge to the gathering. He also handed over breath analysers and megaphones to traffic police and district transport officers.
Several students also displayed placards on road safety at six traffic junctions as part of the programme.

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