The Minister of Road Transport Nitin Gadkari said that his Ministry would
give a grant of up to Rs 2 lakh to NGOs which take up road safety activities.
Addressing the national meet of NGOs working on road safety issues in New
Delhi on January 11, Mr. Gadkari said
that citizen participation is most essential for making roads safe. He
exhorted NGOs to create awareness about traffic rules and other road safety
issues among the general public . He also called upon them to help the local
MPs in identifying accident black spots in their constituencies and take steps
to rectify them.
About 170 NGOs from all over the country
met in the capital to deliberate upon
various aspects and issues relating to road safety. There was a brief
presentation on the occasion to highlight the rather grim road safety scenario
in the country.
There were presentations and discussions on various engineering solutions
to road safety and the initiatives being taken in this direction, motor vehicle
engineering to ensure safety on roads and also effective trauma care. The role
of NGOs in spreading public awareness about road safety issues and their
participation in other road safety activities was also discussed in detail. The
NGOs then shared their field experiences and suggestions with the forum.
The meet was part of the ongoing activities to mark the 28th Road Safety
Week being observed by the Ministry from 9th to 15th January 2017, with the
objective of spreading awareness about the issue.