National Cadet Corps, National Service Scheme and Scouts and Guides volunteers will double up as traffic police to ensure implementation of no-helmet-no-entry drive in colleges and schools of Madhya Pradesh.
To check the rising cases of deaths of students in accidents, minister of state for higher education Deepak Joshi asked the department of higher education and school education to begin a helmet checking drive.
Madhya Pradesh is the fourth unsafe state in India in terms of road accidents. National Crime Record Bureau data of 2014 says that 39,698 cases of road accidents were registered in the state. Of them, 9292 people died.
After the death of a Class 11 student, Gladwin Jacob, in a road accident in December, the school administrations had tightened up security at the gate but there has been no check on students coming to institutes with vehicles.
“With report of accidents, the checking of helmets intensified. But as checking stopped, youngsters also stopped wearing helmets. We are going to deploy student-volunteers to make the use of helmets compulsory before taking vehicles in their hands,” said the minister.
Higher education commissioner Umakant Umrao said the volunteers would be deployed at main gates of colleges to put check on students wearing helmets. “They will also check whether the driver has a licence or not.”
BHEL college principal Shobhna Vajpayee Maroo said: “Charity begins at home. This is a very good initiative of the state government. If students will put a check on it, it will really be beneficial for them.”
The Madhya Pradesh government’s directive comes on the same line as its ‘no-helmet-no-petrol’ order. The rule was first enforced in Indore in 2015 but the administration had to back out after the high court stayed the order. Indore’s brief tryst with helmet rule had its effect as the number of road accident deaths due to head injury had come down to 100 in 2015 from 122 in 2014.