Transport minister GS Bali has said 248 bus accidents killed 227 people in 2014. Of the total accidents, 68 involved Himachal Road Transport Corporation (HRTC) buses, 158 private buses and 22 buses of other states. He was speaking during the question hour on the third day of the monsoon session of the Vidhan Sabha in Shimla.
In response, BJP legislator Jairam Thakur stated that several state-owned buses were in a bad condition. He also suggested devising some mechanism to check untrained drivers.
Replying to Thakur, Bali said the government had investigated each accident and it was found that some accidents had occurred due to untrained drivers in private buses. "But it is not possible to check each and every driver," he added. He also said transport department had started a one-month course for drivers.
Thereafter, Thakur questioned Bali about the poor condition of buses. Bali said on the national level, there were talks of banning buses that had completed 10 years. "If the BJP brings the resolution, the House can discuss the issue," he added.
He also said it was for the first time that 1,300 new buses were added to the fleet of HRTC.
Replying to a question by Bilaspur legislator Bambar Thakur, Seraj legislator Jairam Thakur, Churah legislator Hansraj, Rohru legislator Mohan Lal Brakta and Naina Devi legislator Randhir Sharma, chief minister Virbhadra Singh said during the Congress regime, 923 schools were opened while the number was 511 during the BJP regime from 2007-2011.
In response, Thakur said there should be no competition in opening schools, and the government's duty was to ensure quality education. He also gave examples of schools in his assembly segment that lacked teaching staff. Replying to him, the CM said there was no competition. "If there are even three children in far-flung areas, the government will open a school to educate them," he said.
Subsequently, Churah legislator Hansraj said there were several schools in his assembly segment with single teachers. "One school is closed for the past three days for want of teacher," he said. On this, the CM said this issue was also raised by a local Congress leader and would be looked upon.
On this former chief minister Prem Kumar Dhumal said the CM should not undermine the sitting legislator.