GUWAHATI, April 17 - Transport ministers and officials will meet here from tomorrow for the first sitting of the extended Group of Ministers which will take up some key issues like framing of the national road safety code and harmonization of the tax structure, permit system and procedure.
Twenty seven Transport ministers, including Assam�s Chandra Mohan Patowary and head of the GoM Rajasthan Transport minister Yoonus Khan have confirmed their participation. Union minister Nitin Gadkari is also expected to participate in the meeting.
Official sources told The Assam Tribune that on the first day senior Transport officials of all states would hold deliberations on a number of issues, mostly concerning road safety.
Other issues on the agenda are technology intervention for driving license assessment and enforcement to reduce the human interface and policies and incentives to promote green fuel.
The proposed National Road Safety Code will be framed with the objective of reducing fatalities and road accidents by 50 per cent by 2020.
The GoM will also take up issues related to roadside infrastructure to improve safety of vulnerable users, capacity building in road safety, improvements in emergency trauma care facilities, standardization of accident investigation and reporting mechanism, standardization of the audit systems and suggest improvements in road engineering.