Road safety initiative: Members of parliament and media interaction
As part of the ongoing ‘road safety’ initiative, Consumer VOICE organised a meet of members of parliament and media on 6 April at Chelmsford Club, New Delhi. The main objective was to deliberate on the topic ‘Motor Vehicle Act Amendment Bill 2016: Tough Journey and the Road Ahead’.
Members of parliament Oscar Fernandes (ex-minister, transport), KTS Tulsi, P Bhattacharya, Dr (Prof.) Kirit Premjibhai Solanki, Prabhatsinh Chauhan, Shankarbhai N Vegad and Dr Pradeep Kumar Balmuchu joined the discussion as panellists and expressed their views. They all supported the passage of MVA Bill 2016 in the ongoing session of parliament, pointing out that the Bill was already behind schedule and many lives were lost every day because of road casualties. A strong Act will help address the issue.
A large number of media persons from various organisations joined the event and interacted with the members of parliament. Consumer VOICE also presented the results of a short survey that showed that 96 per cent of Indians wanted the Motor Vehicle Act (Amendment) Bill, 2016, to be passed in the ongoing parliamentary session.
Consumer Conversation Series: Road safety
As part of its larger initiative to foster consumer education and empowerment, Consumer VOICE organised the third workshop of the Consumer Conversation Series on 20 April 2017 at Gulmohar Hall, India Habitat Centre, New Delhi. The theme was ‘Road Safety Menace: Can the New Bill Address These Issues?’
A panel of road safety experts – namely Nalin Sinha, Global Health Advocacy Incubator, Ravi Prasad, chief engineer at ministry of road transport and highways, and Saji Cherian, director of operations at Save Life Foundation – shared their specific presentations addressing various issue related to India’s roads.
Participants from various walks of life including students, professionals, representatives of academic institutions, consumers, road safety activists and retired officials from Indian Air Force attended the event. A copy of Car Safety Booklet was also distributed to the audience for them to understand the subject better.
Tobacco control: Activity update
As part of its tobacco intervention activities, Consumer VOICE sent request letters to members of Fitment Committee in nine states asking for support towards the initiative of bringing all tobacco products in the demerit goods category since they all contributed to cancer deaths. Concern regarding bidis being taxed at a lower rate was highlighted as these were not taxed heavily at present. Bidis contribute over 64 per cent of tobacco products consumption.