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Valediction of 32nd National Road Safety Month-2021 held across Kashmir

SRINAGAR, FEBRUARY 19: Series of activities to raise awareness among the masses with respect to road safety marked the culmination of National Road Safety Month-2021 themed ‘Sadak Suraksha Jeevan Raksha’ across all the districts of Kashmir.

On the occasion, Valediction function was held at Srinagar and at all the districts to observe the conclusion of the month long awareness drive that was kick started on 18 January, 2021.

During this period, a number of activities including debates, quiz, essay and painting competitions, distribution of pamphlets and print material,   blood donation camp, fitness mela, walkathon, rallies to raise mass awareness among the drivers and the public about road safety norms besides health check up camps were conducted by the Regional Transport Authority, Kashmir and Astt. Regional Transport Offices of all the districts.

Meanwhile, the live streaming of LG’s speech was facilitated by the district Administrations for the participants during the function.

In Srinagar, a programme was organised by Regional Transport Office, to mark the valediction of the National Road Safety Month at Parimpora, here.

During the programme, participants highlighted the measures to be taken to avoid road accidents and discourage juveniles to drive motor vehicles. They suggested that it is the social responsibility of every individual to save precious lives.

Speaking on the occasion, ARTO, Kashmir, Akramullah Tak stressed on the continuation of awareness campaigns at different levels to educate masses regarding observance of traffic rules and regulations while plying vehicles.

On the occasion, ARTO, Kashmir distributed mementos and certificates among the students who participated in essay and painting competitions organized by the department. Besides, certificates were also distributed among the Transport associations for their participation in various activities conducted by the department.

Among others present on the occasion were officers of the transport department, transporters and students.

At Ganderbal: Motor Vehicle Department, Ganderbal today organized a culmination function of month long Road Safety event at Mini Secretariat, here.

The function was presided over by the Deputy Commissioner (DC) Ganderbal, Shafqat Iqbal.

Speaking on the occasion, the DC highlighted the importance of holding month long awareness on road safety and traffic rules. He stressed upon the general public, especially youth to strictly follow the road safety measures and ensure their safety when they are on roads so that precious lives are saved.

He said the District Administration is making all possible efforts to road safety in the district to curb the loss of lives in road accidents, adding that awareness programs on road safety and traffic rules shall continue at regular intervals across the district.

Later, the DC distributed awards among the winners of the painting competition and best performers who participated in the month-long program.

SSP Ganderbal, Khalil Poswal, Additional Deputy Commissioner, Farooq Ahmed Baba, ARTO Ganderbal, District Information Officer, Ganderbal, Presidents of various transport unions, Drivers, and Students of different schools attended the function.

                At Pulwama: On the culmination of National Road Safety month, Assistant Regional Transport office Pulwama today organized a Valedictory function at New Bus Stand Drussu here.

The Deputy Commissioner (DC) Pulwama, Dr Raghav Langer was the Chief Guest while, SSP Pulwama Ashish Mishra, District Health Officer, Tehsildar Pulwama, ARTO Moazam Ali Shah  and DSP traffic were also present on the occasion.

Speaking on the occasion, DC stressed on the need for strict implementation of traffic rules and regulations to minimize the road accidents and traffic jams. He asked participants to learn rules of driving and appealed Transporters/ drivers to strictly adhere to the rules to avert road accidents.

He also said that such programmes will be helpful to make the commuters and drivers aware of traffic rules and would also help in streamlining the traffic system in the district.

Experts from the Motor Vehicle Department and students delivered lectures on various road safety measures.

At the end awards (mementos/ certificates) were distributed by the dignitaries among the students and other participants who participated in various events conducted during the Road Safety month.

          At Anantnag: The concluding ceremony of National Road Safety month was presided over by Additional Deputy Commissioner (ADC) Anantnag, Gulzar Ahmad Bhat, held at Transport Yard Harnag, here.

          In his speech, the ADC stressed upon the participants including drivers regarding strict adherence to the traffic rules and safety measures for the safety of the passengers and vehicles.

He directed the Motor Vehicle Department Anantnag to continue such programmes round the year to raise mass awareness regarding safety measures and safe driving.

ADC on occasion distributed helmets and fitness certificates among the disabled Scooty riders and Sumo drivers respectively.

Among others, officers and officials of ART Office, MVD Anantnag were present on the occasion, besides Sumo Drivers and other heavy vehicle drivers also participated in the event.

On the occasion, the drivers were provided awareness regarding the safety measures and safe driving besides; the ophthalmic checkup of the drivers was also done.

          At Shopian: To build awareness about Road Safety and reduce accidents, a month-long National Road Safety awareness drive culminated today with a celebration of valediction organised by the Motor Vehicle Department, Shopian at Old Fruit Mandi, Arhama.

          Speaking on the occasion, Deputy Commissioner (DC) Shopian, Sachin Kumar Vaish said that the main objective of organizing such events is to make the young generation well aware about the road Safety rules and ethics.

He said that the need of the hour is to create more awareness among the people especially to discourage and prevent underage youth from driving, besides making others to abide traffic rules and signage while driving to prevent road accidents.

The DC further said that the safety of the riders and passer-by is the prime concern of the district administration.

Assistant Regional Transport Officer, Shopian, Mouzim Ali said the initiative aims to build awareness about road safety and reduce road accidents in the district. He said that the month was commemorated for making roads safer for all road users.

Later, prizes were also distributed among those who performed in the Painting and Essay Competition.

Assistant Regional Transport Officer, Mouzim Ali, Chief Education Officer, District Social Welfare Officer, Assistant Director Planning, Students from various educational institutions, officers and officials of MVD, Shopian and drivers besides others concerned were present at the event.

At Kulgam: The Motor Vehicle Department, Kulgam today organized a Valedictory function following culmination of month long Road Safety programme, at Mini-Secretariat, here.

The Deputy Commissioner (DC) Kulgam, Showkat Aijaz Bhat was the Chief Guest of the function.

Speaking on the occasion, the DC said that the main aim of this month long programme was to sensitize people about safe and disciplined driving. He stressed for strict adherence to traffic rules and termed it imperative for minimizing road accidents.

    Later, award distribution ceremony was also held and best performers who participated in the month long awareness campaign including artists, students, drivers, officers were felicitated.

          A cultural program organized by the Department of Information and Public Relations in collaboration with the Motor Vehicles Department Kulgam was also presented on the occasion.

          On the Occasion present were A-SP, Mohammad Yousuf, ARTO, Dr Mohammad Zubair, CEO, Mohammed Ashraf Rather, DSP, HQ, G.M.Bhat and other Officers besides transporters, Drivers students and general public attended the programme.

Meanwhile, the blood donation camp was also inaugurated by the Deputy Commissioner.

          At Bandipora: The District Administration organised a concluding ceremony under the Chairmanship of Deputy Commissioner (DC) Bandipora, Dr Owais Ahmad and Senior Superintendent of Police Rahul Malik at Boys High School Bagh, here.

Speaking on the occasion, the DC said that the aim of observing the Road Safety Month was to spread awareness about traffic rules and the importance of following rules in day-to-day lives.

He urged students to act as ambassadors of road safety and help in raising awareness regarding strict adherence of road safety rules including use of seat belts and avoiding the use of  cell phones while driving.

On the occasion, a series of programmes were organised including a painting competition during which students drew on the canvas different ideas about road safety.

The DC felicitated the winners of the drawing competition and the transporters who performed exemplary work during Covid-19 pandemic.

He also distributed Fitness certificates of vehicles among the transporters on the occasion.

Among others, Chief Education Officer, ARTO, President Transport Association, civil society members besides other senior officers of the district were present on the occasion.

At Kupwara: Motor Vehicle Department, Kupwara organized a culmination function of a month long Road Safety drive, here.

          Deputy Commissioner (DC) Kupwara Imam Din was the Chief Guest on the occasion.

          Addressing the function, the DC said that the District Administration is making all possible efforts to ensure road safety in the district, but these efforts can only prove fruitful when people cooperate and obey the traffic rules in letter and spirit.

He urged upon the general public, especially youth to strictly follow the traffic rules and ensure their safety when on roads. He directed ARTO to continue with holding awareness programmes across the district, especially in far off and border areas.

          Later, the DC distributed awards among the best performers who participated in the month long awareness campaign. District Information Officer Kupwara, Mohammad Yousuf Mir was presented with the trophy for managing best media coverage of the month long event.

           Earlier, Assistant Regional Transport Officer, Mohammad Mukhtar Sofi highlighted the basic principles of road safety and informed that 15 different events have been organized at various places of the district.

           Additional Deputy Commissioner Kupwara, Nazir Ahmad Lone, District Information Officer, Mohammad Yousuf Mir, District Tuberculosis Officer, DSP, CEO, Media persons, presidents of various transport unions, drivers and students of different schools attended the function.

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