Police, road-related officials in 3 districts denied duties

- POST REPORT, Kathmandu

Oct 26, 2014-

In the backdrop of road accidents that have been frequent and catastrophic during the festivals, the Prime Minister’s Office on Sunday relieved some responsible Nepal Police and other officials in Nuwakot, Okhaldhunga and Gorkha districts of their responsibilities.

The office directed authorities to take action against the officials, whose negligence was deemed responsible for the massive loss of lives and property.

Dozens of people were killed in a month of the festive season in the three districts. The PMO decided to slap maximum punishment on the guilty of the Doti bus accident where at least 30 people were killed early this month. A committee was formed to look into the disaster.

Road accidents are taking place frequently due to the sheer negligence of drivers, weak monitoring of local security officials and transport related offices, and transport entrepreneurs who fail to check vehicle overload, the PMO said in statement.

Accidents happening one after another in several parts of the country were discussed during a high-level meeting chaired by Chief Secretary Leela Mani Paudyal. The meeting was attended by PMO Secretary Shanta Raj Subedi, Home Secretary Surya Silwal, secretary at the Transport Management Ministry, and senior security officials.

According to Subedi, in a case involving a driver who obtained the driving licence less than one year ago, the licence is revoked and the officials who issued it punished. If the accident was caused due to a temporary route permit, officials issuing the permit would be relieved of their duties and taken action against.

If the accidents are happening due to the institutional fault of entrepreneurs, the PMO stated, such vehicles should be allowed to resume service only after road safety is fully guaranteed. The meeting instructed the Home and Physical Infrastructure ministries to make arrangements to ensure road safety, and to review the driving licence distribution and vehicle route permit systems.

Published: 27-10-2014 09:03

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