Home Minister distributes scholarships to road accident victims

Policing comes with social responsibility and police should never shy away from providing succour to the needy, Home Minister P. Sabitha Indra Reddy said here on Monday.

“You (police) have a lot of opportunity to serve the society and always remember that where there is a will there is a way,” Ms. Indra Reddy said at a programme organised by Guntur Urban and Rural Police on the premises of District Police Office here on Monday.

Later, the Minister gave away scholarships to children of families which have lost their bread winners in road accidents.

The Police, with the help of Tulasi Group and Masterminds CA Institution, distributed scholarships to the tune of Rs.5 lakh to 170 benefiaciaries.

The sight of a large group of women at the Police Office seemed to have enthused the Minister, who suggested that drivers of public carriers should place a picture of their family in front of their driving seat so that they are reminded of their near and dear ones every time thay are in the driver’s seat.

“Every driver should have a photograph of their family in front of their driving seat and this might prevent them from rash and negligent driving,” the Minister said.

Minister for Rural Development Dokka Manikya Vara Prasada Rao said that women have been the worst affected by road accidents. The sudden death of sole bread winner often places the woman in a highly vulnerable position, he observed.

Earlier, the Minister was taken around a photo exhibition which had pictures of various social activities taken up by the Guntur Urban and Rural Police.

Superintendent of Guntur Urban Police, Ake Ravikrishna explained about the recent programmes to provide succour to the victims of road accidents – “Vision Zero Cheyutha” and “Chellulu Kosam,” an initiative to curb eve teasing.

The Home Minister had a word of appreciation for Mr. Ravikrishna, who has been trying to reach out to the needy.

Superintendent of Police, Guntur Rural, J. Satyanarayana also explained about the programme, “Badhithulaku Bhorosa,” to provide relief and rehabilitation to victims of faction violence in Palnadu area.

Road accidents

Mr. Satyanarayana said that the police could bring down the rate of road accidents due to continuous vigil on national highways and state highways. The use of breadth analysers had also prevented from drivers from indulging in incidences of drunken driving.

Later, the Minister reviewed the crime, law and order in Guntur Rural and Urban Districts and expressed satisfaction over the functioning of the police. Each sub divisional police officer was asked to present his views on specific problems and come out with solutions to tackle them.