IMPHAL, April 23 - Four hundred of the around 10,000 driving licences, including smart card ones, verified in Manipur, were found to be fake, Chief Minister N Biren Singh said today.
In his message broadcast today on radio and television in connection with the 29th Road Safety Week (April 23-30) under the theme �Sadak Suraksha � Jiban Raksha�, Biren Singh urged the people to cooperate to prevent road accidents by obeying traffic rules.
Stating that the State Government has taken up necessary steps to check fake driving licences, he expressed concern that there was a steep rise of 67.9 per cent in the number of road accident fatalities in 2017, as compared to 2016.
He said that the Supreme Court Committee on Road Safety has viewed the matter with deep concern and directed the Manipur Government to formulate an Action Plan to reduce accident fatalities to at least 50 per cent by 2020.
Meanwhile, the Chief Minister also reviewed the preparations for the �Go to Village� mission � to be launched on May 1 � at a meeting attended by administrative secretaries, nodal officers, deputy commissioners and heads of departments and other officials at the Conference Hall of the Manipur Secretariat South Block yesterday.