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Nitin Gadkari And Gul Panag Join The Road To Safety Conclave

Nitin Gadkari, Minister for Road Transport and Highways and Gul Panag, Actor and Entrepreneur, along with other prominent personalities from different walks of life joined the Road To Safety Conclave to make make our roads safer and attempt to reduce the number of ‘preventable accidents' by encouraging citizens to demonstrate more responsible behavior behind the wheel.

Nitin Gadkari And Gul Panag Join The Road To Safety Conclave

While speaking at the Road To Safety Conclave, the minister hinted that the government may take tough measures to ensure that traffic rules are followed. "Increasing penalties is likely to have a positive impact, without which it is tough to get people to take road safety norms seriously," he said.

Nitin Gadkari And Gul Panag Join The Road To Safety Conclave

A third of the driving licences in India are fake, Nitin Gadkari said, admitting that it was "embarrassing" for him to admit it as the country's Road Transport Minister.

Nitin Gadkari And Gul Panag Join The Road To Safety Conclave

'India's road accident fatalities is 10% of global fatalities, which is really high. While in aviation, India's safety record is as good as Germany's. This is because of tighter regulation in aviation and its stringent implementation is the key to this difference,' Gul Panag said at the Road To Safety Conclave.

Nitin Gadkari And Gul Panag Join The Road To Safety Conclave

Satyendra Jain, Delhi Health And Transport Minister, was also present at the conclave. Speaking on the road safety law, he stated that breaking the law, especially in Delhi, is considered to be a symbol of power. We need to increase fines for drink driving and make sure that it pinches the offenders.

Nitin Gadkari And Gul Panag Join The Road To Safety Conclave

As a part of the Road Safety To Conclave, NDTV's Vikram Chandra hosted a panel discussion with an aim to address the issue of road safety. The panelists include Gul Panag, Actor and Entrepreneur; Dr Vikram Singh, IPS, Former Director General of Police, Uttar Pradesh; Dr Amit Gupta, Professor of Trauma Surgery and Critical Care, AIIMS Trauma Center ; Harman Sidhu, Founder of ArriveSAFE NGO and Navdeep Singh Mehram, Head, Sustainability Of United Spirits Limited.

Nitin Gadkari And Gul Panag Join The Road To Safety Conclave

Harman Sidhu, founder of ArriveSAFE NGO, survived a fall of about 50 feet after he met with a road accident. His motto in life now is to make a difference, and help educate people and spread awareness about road safety. From the last five years, he has been working to get the liquor shops off the highway as these vends give rise to drunken driving and consequential fatalities.

Nitin Gadkari And Gul Panag Join The Road To Safety Conclave

"Need to have a convincing campaign. We are bringing an element of connect back by making people pledge for their loved ones," Navdeep Singh Mehram, Head, Sustainability Of United Spirits Limited, said at the conclave.

Nitin Gadkari And Gul Panag Join The Road To Safety Conclave

Speaking on the Good Samaritan law, Dr Amit Gupta, Professor of Trauma Surgery and Critical Care, AIIMS Trauma Center, said that we need a sustained campaign to inform people that they will not be liable or asked questions if they help in cases of road accidents. The treatment will be done before paperwork. Dr Amit also signed the #NeverDrinkAndDrive pledge.

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NDTV along with Mastercard is launching a multi-platform campaign “Cashless Bano India”, to create digital awareness and educate the masses about digital payment solutions for day to day transactions.

The campaign aims to take the message of a cash free India to the country, and will charter a blue print which can help all stakeholders to become a part of the digital revolution.

We aim to reach out to people and educate them on:

1) Digital and financial literacy

2) New generation digital payment solutions

3) Enabling merchants and consumers to understand and adopt secured and safe payment Solutions

4) Ease of usage at point of sales

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