Timely financial assistance requested for road accident victims

Jatri Kalyan Samity has demanded that road accident victims receive timely financial assistance by urgently incorporating this provision into the Road Transport Act 2018.

“Even though the ruling government is nearing the end of its mandate, no meaningful steps have been taken to deliver on its promise to keep the roads safe as per the election manifesto,” Jatri Kalyan Secretary General Samity Mozammel said. Haque Chowdhury in a statement. Friday.

On the occasion of the National Road Safety Day, Jatri Kalyan Samity organized a press conference on “compensation of victims of road accidents and activation of the National Road Safety Council in accordance with the law on road transport”.

Mozammel Haque Chowdhury said people who make a living mostly die in road accidents causing socio-economic losses to the victims and their dependents.

Data from the Buet Accident Research Institute (ARI) indicates that losses in road accidents over the past three years amounted to about Tk 1.09 crore lakh.

By analyzing the police database, ARI indicates that 54% of those killed in road and highway accidents in the country over the past decade are between 16 and 40 years old. And 18.5% of people killed in accidents are children under the age of 15.

He also said that due to the death of a breadwinner in a road accident, according to the department of roads and highways, there is a financial loss of Tk 24.62 lakh. Accordingly, the family of each death is entitled to compensation of this amount from the state.

Although the Road Transport Act 2018 provides compensation of Tk 5 lakh to the families of the deceased and Tk 3 lakh to the injured from the Road Accident Victims Financial Relief Fund, the process of compensation has not started even after 3 years of law enforcement. entry into force, said the Secretary General.

Assistant Professor Buet ARI Kazi Saifun Newaz, Prominent Journalist Abu Saeed Khan, Vice President of JKS Tawhidul Haque, Joint Secretary General M Monirul Haque, President of Bangladesh National Human Rights Society Manjur Hossain Isha, Safe Drive General Secretary Kazi Abdul Qayyum and others also spoke on the occasion.

Family members of road accident victims participating in the program expressed their grief and requested state financial assistance in accordance with the law.