Citizens' Issues
Three-fourth of private vehicles not insured: SC panel
More than 75 percent of privately owned vehicles including two wheelers do not have insurance cover, said a committee headed by former Supreme Court judge K.S.Radhakrishnan on implementation of various laws relating to road safety, describing the situation as "alarming".
 
Asking the government identify these vehicles, Justice Radhakrishnan on Friday said that this came to surface during the committee's interaction with the Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority.
 
In most of the cases, the insurance was not renewed after lapsing, he said.
 
According to the panel, 82 percent of the total vehicles in the country are privately owned and out of this 72 to 73 percent are two-wheelers and 10-12 percent are cars.
 
The panel, which also included former surface transport secretary S. Sunder and Central Road Research Institute's former chief scientist Nisha Mittale was interacting with media on its work in last one year.
 
The committee, mandated to "measure and monitor" the implementation of various laws relating to road safety in each state and by different ministries, department and agencies and starting its work on May 15, 2014, has made 13 recommendations covering various aspects of implementation of road safety and related laws including establishing road safety fund, removing encroachments on pedestrian paths and making liquor shops out of sight from national and state highways. 
 
The committee has given time till June 30 to comply with these directions and thereafter it would review their implementations and issue more directions. 
 
The core of the road safety is that people should identify themselves with the problem, Justice Radhakrishnan said, because what has happened to an accident victim today can happen to anyone in future as no one is immune from violation of road safety laws.
 
Saying that Chandigarh could qualify being "good" on road safety norms, he regretted at the level of ignorance about the term "black spot" Or "Road Safety Audit" amongst the agencies tasked with the implementation of road safety laws.
 
Pointing out that there was a huge mismatch between the number of vehicles and the traffic police personnel to enforce the road safety laws, Justice Radhakrishan said: "Number of vehicles are increasing, human being are increasing but the traffic police in the states in just one percent or even less of the total police force."
 
Noting the level of disregard, Dr. Mittal said that the current decade is a "Road Safety Decade" but half the time has already passed with nothing happening.
 
Claiming road safety is not on the government's agenda, she said that during "deliberations, their (officials) approach is positive but noting is being done for the fear of annoying the vote bank".
 
Meanwhile, Sunder said: "It is the responsibility of the state to find out which vehicle was involved in the hit and run accident and not been able to do so is its failure of the state."
 
He also said that the government must bear the responsibility of providing medical care to such victims.

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10 injured as train derails in Assam
At least 10 people were injured after a passenger train derailed in Assam on Saturday morning.
 
Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR) officials said five coaches and the engine of the train derailed over a bridge near Salakati station in Kokrajhar district. 
 
The NFR had to cancel at least 10 trains due to the accident. 
 
Long-distance trains have also been affected as their timings have been changed. 
 
The NFR has ordered a probe and top officials have rushed to the spot.

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LG has powers on public order and services issues: Home ministry
 A week after a very public power tussle erupted between Lt. Governor Najeeb Jung and the AAP government in Delhi over posting and transfer of senior officers, the home ministry clarified that the former could exercise powers on issues of public order and services.
 
“The state legislative assembly shall have power to make laws for the whole or a part of National Capital Territory of Delhi with respect to any of the matters enumerated in the State list or Concurrent list so far as any such matter is applicable to union territories, except matters with respect to Public Order, Police and Land,” clarified a home ministry notification issued on Thursday but made public only on Friday.
 
The notification clarified that the Lt. Governor remained the administrator of the union territory.
 
“Article 239AA inserted by the Constitution (Sixty-ninth Amendment Act, 1991) provides that the UT of Delhi shall be called NCT of Delhi and the administrator thereof shall be designated as Lt. Governor.”
 
The notification clearly indicated that IAS and IPS officers were administered by the central government.
 
“UT cadre consisting of Indian Administrative Service and Indian Police Service personnel is common to UT of Delhi, Chandigarh, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep, Daman and Diu, Dadra and Nagar Haveli, Puducherry and states of Arunachal Pradesh, Goa and Mizoram which is administered by the central government through MHA,” the notification pointed out.
 
“National Capital Territory of Delhi does not have its own state public services,” it stated.
 
The AAP government, which took office in February, has been asserting its administrative powers on posting and transfer of senior officers, particularly from the Indian Administrative Service (IAS).
 
The tussle between Jung and the Arvind Kejriwal government started over the appointment of senior bureaucrat Shakuntala Gamlin as the acting chief secretary on May 15.
 
The chief minister had accused Gamlin of lobbying for power distribution companies in the national capital.

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