GUWAHATI, Aug 3 - Transport Minister Chandra Mohan Patowary today said if teachers are involved in imparting lessons on road safety, then students will become more responsible when it comes to safety on roads.
He was attending a �Road Safety Awareness cum Resource Person Build-up Programme� at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) here today.
The programme was organised by the District Road Safety Committee, Kamrup district for the heads of educational institutions and teachers of schools in the district. The purpose of the programme was to sensitise the teachers to transmit knowledge about the negative impact of road accidents and the ways to prevent it.
�Only the affected families can relate to the lifelong pain resulted from road accidents. Teachers are the second gurus of children after parents. Teachers can, therefore, tremendously help generate road safety awareness among their students,� Patowary said.
Asserting that apart from enforcement and revenue collection, the Transport department�s prime duty is to keep a vigil on road safety, Patowary also asked all DTOs to conduct similar awareness programmes for institutional heads in their respective districts.
He mentioned that the government is planning to install CCTV cameras connected to GPS along the national highways to issue e-challans to drivers who violate road safety rules. �Plans are afoot to build logistic hubs so that no trucks are stationed at national highways to prevent road fatalities,� the Transport Minister added.
Patowary advised the car dealers to gift tree saplings to the new buyers to curb air pollution and instil a sense of responsibility among the people.
The Minister also inaugurated a booklet of guidelines for school buses, laid down by the Supreme Court of India, and inaugurated the display of model buses and vans for schools to emulate.
Razvee Hussain, Secretary, Transport Department; Deputy Commissioner and Superintendent of Police of Kamrup Kamal Kumar Baishya and Partha Sarathi Mahanta respectively, and other officials of the Transport department were present in the meeting.