A day after a road accident claimed the lives of 13 schoolchildren near Nakodar,the Punjab government is yet to mark an inquiry into the incident. This,despite state Transport Minister Ajit Singh Kohar promising the victims families on Monday that the government would probe the causes of the mishap as soon as possible.
On Tuesday,Kohar said he was to meet Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on Wednesday and hence will request him to order the probe. The transport minister,however,said that the government will make it mandatory for school buses to have speed governors that will limit their speed to 40 km per hour.
He added that the condition of school buses will checked annually while the drivers will also be periodically examined medically as there were reports that many of them are drug addicts.
Meanwhile,Jalandhar District Transport Officer (DTO) Dalwinder Singh said the administration was set to publish a 14-point awareness programme,regarding school buses,for the benefit of school authorities and parents.
He added that parents and school authorities need to be made aware of the importance of utilising buses authorised by the DTO office. Dalwinder further said that parents,attempting to save money,were hiring illegal buses,hence leading to such tragedies.
He,however,accepted responsibility for not clamping down on the practice but added that the administration will step up checking.