Test for ve­hi­cle li­cence to be videographed

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The AAP gov­ern­ment has de­cided to video­graph the prac­ti­cal test for mo­tor ve­hi­cle li­cences to bring more trans­parency in the process of issuing driv­ing per­mits, the Delhi High Court was in­formed to­day.

The Delhi gov­ern­ment told a bench of Act­ing Chief Jus­tice Gita Mit­tal and Jus­tice C Hari Shankar that the en­tire ex­er­cise has been put into op­er­a­tion, start­ing to­day, in all the 13 zonal of­fices of the trans­port de­part­ment, and an agency has been ap­pointed to record the video. The trans­port de­part­ment also ap­prised the high court that the video of driv­ing tests would be up­loaded on its web­site. Not­ing the sub­mis­sions, the court said the step would bring in more trans­parency in the en­tire mech­a­nism and would go a long way in al­lay­ing ap­pre­hen­sions of cor­rup­tion. It di­rected the Delhi gov­ern­ment to file a com­pli­ance sta­tus re­port in eight weeks and posted

the mat­ter for next hear­ing on May 22. The gov­ern­ment had ear­lier told the high court that it has taken steps to con­trol the is­suance of fake li­cences and has also re­voked the li­cences which were im­prop­erly granted. The trans­port de­part­ment had dis­played the list of such re­voked li­cences on its web­site and has taken steps to en­sure com­pli­ance of pro­vi­sions of the Mo­tor Ve­hi­cle Act, it said. The high court was hear­ing a PIL filed by ac­tivist Pawan Ku­mar, who has al­leged that some cor­rupt of­fi­cials of the state trans­port de­part­ment were issuing driv­ing li­cences to un­trained and un­skilled peo­ple af­ter tak­ing hefty bribes. The pe­ti­tioner had con­tended that this prac­tice has been go­ing on since 1997 and sought a CBI probe into it so that erring of­fi­cials can be dealt with in ac­cor­dance with law.

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