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Delhi rape: Rajnath Singh says states must stop such cabs, Nitin Gadkari disagrees

Banning the railways for train accidents, buses for bus accidents and taxis is not correct," Union Road Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari said.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: December 9, 2014 9:55 pm
Nitin Gadkari Minister for Road and Surface Transport Nitin Gadkari.

Even as Union Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari on Tuesday criticised the Delhi government’s decision to ban some cab-booking services including Uber, following the alleged rape of a 27-year-old woman executive on Friday night, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh told the Rajya Sabha that the Centre has asked all the states and union territories to stop the operation of such unregistered web-based services.

Speaking to mediapersons outside Parliament, Gadkari said that banning cab services “was not a solution”. “New developments are taking place in transport systems through electronics. Banning the Railways for train accidents, buses for bus accidents and taxis is not correct,” he said.

“It is up to the state government to decide because the subject is in the Concurrent List. State governments have equal right to take a decision about it,” he added. Stating that new systems with modern concepts must be encouraged, Gadkari, however, noted that lacunae in such systems should be plugged.

“As per a report, 30 per cent of the driving licences in the country are bogus… We are going to change the 1988 Motor Vehicles Act by which we will have a centre comprising all records of drivers. That would help solve the problem of accessing the accident and criminal records of drivers,” said Gadkari.

Later, making a suo motu statement in the Rajya Sabha, Singh said the Centre has asked all states and union territories to stop cab-booking services which are not licensed with them. He, however, clarified that the government was not in favour of banning these services, but wants to regulate their operations. He said such service providers should be barred from operating till they get themselves registered.

“I want to say that our intentions should not be questioned in this regard,” he said. “The government of India strongly condemns this dastardly act. It will be ensured that all necessary steps are taken to bring the offender to justice,” he said.

Singh said the Delhi Police, which comes directly under him, is examining the legal liability of Uber. The government also promised stern action against the accused, and steps to ensure safety of women.

Condemning the incident, members asked how such incidents continued to occur despite the government’s “tall claims” after the December 16, 2012 bus gangrape.

 

 

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    KrishnaBhagawan
    Dec 9, 2014 at 10:26 pm
    Its better to make constrive suggetions:Start with 1) street lights2) CCTV and command center3) Mobile patrolsfeel free to add..
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      Anurag Srivastava
      Dec 9, 2014 at 1:08 pm
      Stop misuse of vehicles at the government account and private company's account, things will improve. If one will have to spend his own money then the venture will be less in number. There will be less of pollution in cities and the government will save huge amount on subsidy. The private companies will present correct account leading to more earning of income tax for the Government. As regards the mentality of the person who is a driver no body can predict. In India there is only policeman for 50000 citizens. In the most criminal infested country you have one policeman for 895 citizens. To blame the police is also wrong. Delhi police should be given kudos for having cracked the case so fast.
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        Aseem
        Dec 9, 2014 at 5:12 pm
        Banning of Uber should have happened even without rape. It was not operating with a license. And the ban is till they get a license.More importantly since they were violating a law, they should be banned forever so that taxi companies take it seriously. After all profit is sacred.
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          Aseem
          Dec 9, 2014 at 5:09 pm
          well Uber, did not have license to operate. Second, let this be an example so cab companies fall in line.
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            Brijkhanna
            Dec 9, 2014 at 11:48 am
            Banning all taxi Provider Agencies is not the solution. By setting proper rules and regulations and strict penalty if those rules are violated are not followed properly. The Transport Department of each State stites the required rules and regulations in consultations with Local Police and see to it they are followed strictly. It is also inbent for pengers to take take due precautions before hiring taxis specially at odd hours of night. It is a practice in Singapore, the moment you engage a Taxi, Taxi driver feed the the numbers and of pengers on computer including destination. These details are automatically registered at Master computer of the Agency. When he disembark the pengers the same is transmitted to Master computer along with time of embarkation and time of disembarkation. Could it be possible here at least at some Metropolitan Cities .
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