Mumbai, Sep 9: Union Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari on Monday said passing of the Motor Vehicles Amendment Act is one of big achievements of the second-term of Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led government and pointed that the Act aims at stricter punishment for violation of traffic regulations to bring discipline on the roads.
Briefing reporters here about the Modi government's top decisions taken in first 100 days of his second term, the Minister said the Motor Vehicles Amendment Act, approved by President Ram Nath Kovind last month, stipulates high penalties for driving errors that will lead to transparency and will not result in corruption besides bringing in the road discipline among the motorists.
Citing his own example, he said, 'Even I have paid a fine for speeding on the Bandra-Worli Sea link and not been spared for traffic rules violation as no one is above the law, and the stringent rule for traffic offender is the need of the hour."
Over the past few days, the sheer size of fines that people have been asked to pay for violating road rules has generated waves of shock and concern on social media, Gadkari said and informed that in some of the more stark examples last week, a truck driver in Odisha was charged over Rs 86,000 and an autorickshaw driver was fined Rs 59,000.
While highlighting the government's other key decisions, the BJP leader said apart from the MV (Amendment) Act, other decisions such as end of special status to Jammu & Kashmir under Article 370 and its division into two Union territories and criminalisation of instant triple talaq, were some of the big achievements of the Centre, he noted.
Referring to the Kashmir decision, Mr Gadkari said it was the government's "most important" achievement.
"Poverty and hunger in Jammu & Kashmir were due to Article 370. Pakistan has been running a proxy war there, militants are spreading terror. The stone-pelters are also helped financially," he added. (UNI)