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Slash Penalty; Congress

 With Odisha Government collecting hefty penalty of Rs 1.6 crore within 24 hours of strictly implementing the amended Motor Vehicle Act, 2019, Opposition Congress has demanded reduction in the amount of fine being imposed on traffic violators.


The party has also served ultimatum of 15 days to the state government to slash the penalty or the Congress will stage a state-wide agitation.
 
The party also raised the issue of harassment of public during enforcement of new legislation and termed it as ‘unfortunate.
Congress Veteran Suresh Kumar Routray alleged that RTO officials, police and traffic personnel are misbehaving with public mostly women and girls.
Congress Lawmaker alleged “On the direction of the Centre, Odisha Government has imposed hefty fines under the MV Act and RTO officials, police and traffic personnel are misbehaving with women and girls”.
Mr.Routray said it is seen that women, who were fined for  violations, pleading before the enforcement authorities that they were going to hospital or to drop their children to school for exams.
“The Government should learn how to behave with people. Such kind of misbehaviour towards women and girls will not be tolerated, he said.
The Congress Lawaker said many States like Gujarat and West Bengal have reduced penalties under the MV Act and Odisha Government should also bring down the fine amount.
“We are giving 10 days time to the State government to take a decision on the matter or else we will ghearo RTO offices across Odisha and Income Tax office of the Central government,” Mr.Routray.
Commerce and Transport Minister Padmanabha Behera, however, said the State Government has already issued directions to all RTOs to ensure that public is not harassed during checking or enforcement drives.
“We will also never tolerate any misbehaviour on the part of officials. But everybody should obey and follow the traffic norms as MV Act has been introduced to protect lives of people,” the Minister said
 


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