“We seek help from india inc. as India is committed to reducing fatal road accidents by 50 per cent by the end of 2020 as the country is signatory to UN Decade of Action, We urge the Indian Inc to teach their employees and their families imbibe a culture on road safety and use their logistics and carriers to propagate the message of road safety and thirdly, to make a certain commitment from their CSR spends on projects of road safety advocacy.” Mr Gadkari said.
Mr J .P Nadda Union Health and family welfare minister speaking on the occasion said “ in India there is great need to bring in behaviorial and cultural change to imbibe a culture on road safety . Educating the masses and promotion of road safety awareness in all facets of road usage, drivers’ training. Ministry of health has already taught First respondents training to handle and provide first aid to accident victims and intends to train 10 lakh more by next couple of years”.
Mr K.K.Kapila, Chairman International Road Federation , a global body working for better and safer roads world wide speaking on the occasion said ““India as a signatory to the Brasilia Declaration and is committed to reducing road traffic fatalities by 50% by 2020. Number of Road Accident deaths in India being the highest in the world, higher penalties for traffic offences will help in reducing fatal road accidents. Strict Enforcement with appropriate penalties, accompanied by public awareness of the laws will be a critical factor in reducing road traffic injuries and deaths.” Said Mr Kapila
Others who were present on the occasion included Mr Abhe Damle, Jt Secretary, MoRTH, Dr Henk Bekedam, WHO representatives in India and representatives of FICCI, ASSOCHAM,CII AND SIAM