Nitin Gadkari, the Minister ForRoad Transport and Highways dropped a major bombshell at NDTV Diageo Road To Safety Conclave when he revealed that around a third of the driving licenses used in India are fake.
Speaking at the conclave, Gadkari admitted that the fake licenses were "embarrassing" for him to admit it as the country's Road Transport Minister. Gadkari said, "30 percent of the licenses in India are bogus. It is embarrassing for me to state this as a minister."
However, the Minister hinted that the government is set to take tougher action against traffic violators by amending the Motor Vehicles Act, which Gadkari called outdated.
The amendments to the law will allow the government to take tough measures to ensure that rules are followed. The proposed changes focus on the safety of the road users along with bringing in stricter driving licensing norms and penalties for law violators.
Gadkari also stated that the government was looking to modernise and computerise its systems so that "People will automatically be informed about their violations and the fines to be paid, digitally, reducing interface with officials" which in turn will end the corruption present in the system.
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