MHA releases road accident data of 2016 after 3 yrs; transport ministry sitting on 2018 report for 5 months

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NEW DELHI: The National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) under the home ministry releasing the data on accidental deaths of 2016, which include road deaths, after a gap of three years has raised questions whether delayed publication serve much purpose.
Interestingly, the transport ministry had released the report on road fatalities of 2016 in 2017 and last year it published the road accidents data of 2017. However, it has been sitting on the 2018 road accident data for more than five months.
“You need to get most recent data for taking policy decisions and suggest right recommendations to curb fatalities. Countries that have put brake on road deaths have gone for frequent update of traffic deaths in a year to track the situation,” said Harpreet Singh, president of Avoid Accident, a non-for-profit organisation.
According to the NCRB report, nearly 1.52 lakh persons died in road crashes out of the 1.77 lakh who died in all traffic related accidents, which included rail-road mishaps. However, the transport ministry’s Road Accidents in India report said that the number of road fatalities in 2016 was close to 1.51 lakh. According to the report of 2017, the number of road deaths had reduced to 1.48 lakh and again climbed to little over 1.51 lakh in 2018.
Officials admitted that delay in making the compiled data public does not serve any purpose as the updated information can’t even be shared on the dashboard that Union transport minister Nitin Gadkari launched.
“It becomes a futile exercise. Swachh Bharat dashboard was successful and became a model because there was real time update about the progress of the programme,” said a government source.

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