e-Challan system to avoid complaints regarding imposition of traffic fines: CM

e-Challan system to avoid complaints regarding imposition of traffic fines: CM

Thiruvananthapuram: (news.kvartha.com 22.09.2020) Chief Minister, Shri Pinarayi Vijayan today said that complaints regarding the imposition of traffic penalties will be a thing of the past in Kerala with the introduction of the e-Challan system. He said this while inaugurating the e-Challan project of Kerala Traffic Police Today via video conferencing.

In his inaugural address, the Chief Minister said, The e-Challan system is being introduced as part of the modernisation efforts of the Kerala Police, especially in traffic enforcement. Earlier, there were several complaints when a fine was imposed but now traffic cameras record the traffic offences accurately and the fines are imposed without any direct contact. This will help in avoiding complaints. With the rise in the number of vehicles on the road, it’s even more important that traffic rules are enforced effectively.

The e-Challan system works in conjunction with the National Motor Vehicle Database at the national level. All the information about the vehicle can be obtained by entering the vehicle number and license number on the handheld device with the officers. The machines can also be used to pay the penalty with credit or debit cards.

The High Court has ruled that virtual courts can be set up to deal with traffic offences. Cases regarding traffic violation will be forwarded to the virtual court through the e-Challan software developed by the National Informatics Centre. Penalties, as determined by the virtual court, can then be paid through the e-Treasury system. The biggest of this system is that there won’t be corruption and being a digital system, good transparency can be ensured.

This system will be beneficial for the public as well. With the availability of photo and video evidence of the incident, the system will become more acceptable. The system is currently functioning in all the districts with the help of the Department of Motor Vehicles under the Safe Kerala project.

The road transport sector in Kerala will undergo revolutionary changes in the near future. It is hoped that the integrated traffic management system will be completed soon so that all major roads and junctions in the state can be viewed in real-time. It is equipped with state-of-the-art control room, surveillance systems, ambulance and fire fighting systems. The network of 3,000 cameras, including number plate recognizable cameras, would help patrol vehicles and traffic police vehicles to issue directions quickly, the CM added.

Government to provide more hostel facilities for ST students

Chief Minister, Shri Pinarayi Vijayan today said that the government will provide more hostel facilities for students from the Scheduled Tribes in the state. He said this during the inauguration of three pre-metric hostels and the launch of construction of one post-metric hostel for ST students.

Three new pre-metric hostels have been set up at Sholayur, Irumbpaalam and Anavai. The post-metric hostel for girls is being built in Agali. The hostel at Sholayur can accommodate 60 boys, the Irumbpalam 100 girls and Anavi 100 children. A three-storey building with state-of-the-art facilities has been constructed at Sholayur and Irumbpaalam. Anavi has a new two-story building. A state-of-the-art three-storey building is being constructed at Agali at a cost of Rs 4.74 crores. These will also have facilities to raise the academic standards of the students.

In his address, the Chief Minister said, “The government was considering starting new post-matric hostels for girls in Thiruvananthapuram and Kozhikode. After this government came to power, new hostels were started in Aluva, Mannanthala and Kozhinjampara.”

The government has also provided employment for 19,000 educated people in these categories. 1,140 persons were imparted skill development training in the construction sector. The CM said that the construction work in government departments would be handed over to them. 3,170 people were trained in other occupations. The government has also been able to provide employment to 2,500 people under various schemes. 100 persons belonging to Scheduled Tribes were given employment through special recruitment. Another 125 would be appointed soon.

Minister for Welfare of Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes, Shri A K Balan presided over the inaugural function.

Kottayam Medical College to get new cardiology block, CM inaugurates various projects

Chief Minister, Shri Pinarayi Vijayan today announced that administrative approval has been given for a new 200-bed cardiology block at Kottayam Medical College. He said this at the inauguration of various projects of the Medical College built with Rs. 36.42 crores funding from NABARD.

Inaugurating through video conference, the Chief Minister said, “The starting of a special block for the treatment of heart disease would pave the way for the development of cardiology and cardio thoracic disciplines at the Kottayam Medical College. The Medical College was able to raise the profile of Kerala to the world by treating the 93 and 88-year-old Covid affected couple with special care.”

The CM also said that the construction of the surgical block for Rs. 134.45 crores and the medical & surgical store for Rs. 3 crores will be completed on time. The amount was allocated through KIIFB. The surgical block is part of the first phase Rs 564 crores master plan for the development of Kottayam Medical College. Resident Quarters, Ladies Hostel, Negative Pressure ICU, New Wards, ICU and Toilet Complex built at a cost of Rs 42.69 crores were inaugurated Today.

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