Hindi News | Samay | UP/Uttarakhand | MP/Chhattisgarh | Bihar/Jharkhand | Rajasthan | Aalami Samay
Need to educate policy makers: R K Singh
Last Updated : 05 Dec 2012 03:39:05 PM IST
Union Home Secretary R K Singh
File Photo


Traffic safety is not on the top agenda of policymakers and there is a need to educate them on this subject which is getting difficult day-by-day, Union Home Secretary R K Singh said on Wednesday.

Inaugurating a seminar on "strengthening traffic management systems and improving road safety" here, Singh said the burgeoning problem of traffic and resulting accidents and other hazards have "not really been getting the due attention".
"I think the solution to this (traffic) problem should begin with has to begin with policy...first of all we have to educate our policy makers that this is the world you are entering, this is what you will get to see and this is what you have to prepare for...increasing migration increasing urbanisation and therefore you will have to invest more (on these subjects)," Singh said.
The policymakers are grappling with more fundamental problems like poverty, health care, delivery of food at affordable prices...these are the priorities which occupy the mind of our leaders, he said at the seminar, organised by the
Bureau of Police Research and Development (BPRD) along with traffic agencies in private domain.
The Home Secretary said steps should be taken to "discourage individual transport and push people towards public transport" and that such a transport should be convenient.
The three-day seminar which will debate a host of causes and solutions to meet the challenge posed by the rapidly increasing volume traffic and accidents, will present its recommendations to the Home Ministry after deliberations.
BPRD is the nodal department under the Home Ministry to undertake research and development projects in subjects related to policing and law and order.
According to official data, road accidents claimed the maximum number of lives, 1.43 lakh people in 2011, as compared
to insurgency (1,399 deaths) and natural calamities (23,690 deaths) during the same period.

The Home Secretary emphasised that all stakeholders involved in the subject of traffic management should come
together to devise solutions to the menace of unruly traffic and unfortunate deaths that occur on roads.
"We got to sit down and brainstorm with Planning Commission here (central level) or with Planning and development departments there (in states)...this stems from the fact that we have a federal structure, this stems from the fact that we need to educate our policy makers," Singh said.
The top bureaucrat also said the conditions of municipal corporations in the country is "pathetic".
"We have left the issues of traffic management to lowest body in our system, that is the municipality (which deal with
traffic lights and city roads). Condition of all our municipalities is pathetic... they don't have sufficient sources of revenue. If they have, they don't have any administrative infrastructure to be able to mobilise those, so most municipalities are bankrupt, they are in red...deeply in red," he said.
Calling the menace of unruly traffic a "huge problem", Singh said a number of people are now moving from rural areas
to urban ones.
"Mobility has increased...more people have started from smaller towns to bigger towns. That increase in mobility has sent more people on roads, more people are using traffic systems. This is going to increase if you see the pace of urbansiation...from rural to urban areas," he said.
This problem is going to increase and unless and  until we build systems to take care of this (the problem will not be solved), he said.
"We are in a stage of development where we still have these problems (of poverty and food) which are essentially problems of the earlier age which are of concern to us and at the same time we are entering the modern era which means cars
from cities...which means mobility. Both these worlds...we are in a stage of development where both these worlds are
"We are in a stage of development and we have a distance to cover," he noted.
Singh rued that urban development is one of the "most neglected" subjects.
He also said that the Public-Private-Partnership is not going ahead at the pace that it should be but keeping focus on its movement, it can be achieved.
He also favoured having a traffic engineering wing in ministries and departments of road transport and highways, both at the central and state level.
Speaking on the subject, Rohit Baluja, President of Institute of Road Traffic Education (partner with BPRD) said the killings on the road should be termed "terrorist activity" and steps should be undertaken to not only minimise but totally stop road and highway accidents.
BPRD chief Kuldeep Sharma said his department is creating a National Institute of Traffic Management in Rajasthan's
Alwar to initiate best practises in this domain.

Post Your Comment (0 posted):
Post your comment Post Your Comments
Your name :
Your e-mail address :
Your website :
Add your comments :
Please enter the code you see in the image:

Its homecoming of sorts for gorgeous former Miss Universe Sushmita Sen as she is set to s

Bollywood actress Sunny Leone was looking stunningly beautiful as she walk the ramp as t

Salman Khan a "national boyfriend" this name has been given to him by Karan Johar, Karan

Aamir Khan is fiercely protective about his movies, but the story of Peekay has been leake

Pakistani actress Saba Qamar's “Kambakht” is set to clash with Salman khan’s upcomin

People still think that Manju from Comedy Nights With Kapil is actually Kapil Sharma's rea

Recently, two Pakistani actresses have made inroads into Bollywood. Humaima Malick will be

These women can put to shame celebrities who boast of having a size zero figure. These wom

Rabiya Khan, the mother of deceased Bollywood actor Jiah Khan, assured the Bombay High Co

Another love lady of Akshay Kumar. Bollywood Khiladi has a long list of love affairs Sta

Bollywood's selfie obsession has caught the fancy of almost all stars in the industry. See

Social networking sites have been flooded by the news how Deepika Padukone wished Happy Bi

When Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 came down after being hit by a missile in east Ukraine

Sunny leone is in a denial mode but the site owners have her signed contract.Sunny isone d

A Malaysia Airlines plane was blown up over Eastern Ukraine by a sophisticated missile bel

We bet you did not know these facts about the birthday girl Priyanka ChopraToday is our de

A new study has claimed that if you sleep in the nude, then you can have a happier relatio

Russian President Vladimir Putin was on target but terrorists by mistakenly shot down Mala

Another conspiracy that is originating from the blasting of the Malaysian airlines flight

With the MeT department warning of heavy showers at various places in Uttarakhand on Satur

A controversial sex tape of Sambhavna Seth has become viral on internet who is right now b

Dog is man's best friend, and we have wolves to thank for it!

Chinese handset maker Xiaomi will be launching its latest 4G device Mi4 in India on Jan 28

Samay Live

Samay Live


Samay Live
Samay Live
Samay Live
Samay Live
Samay Live
Samay Live
Samay Live
Samay Live