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No penalties for earning, to saving lives first priority: Nitin Gadkari

Union Minister Nitin Gadkari on strict traffic laws said, “This is not a plan to earn revenue. Do you not worry about the deaths of 1.5 lakh people every year?”.

If the state government wants to reduce the amount of penalties raised, is it not true that people will not remember the law nor will they fear it. He issued the statement after several states refused to enforce the new traffic law.

The governments of Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, West Bengal and Punjab refused to implement the new central transport rules.

The Gujarat government has reduced the penalty on Tuesday. While the Gujarat government has announced a penalty reduction of up to 90%, some other states may also make such an announcement in the future.

“We understand the value of the lives of young people and are trying to make their lives safer,” Gadkari said.

On the decision of the state government to waive the penalty amount, the state governments have the right, he said. The state government can make that decision, they have the right. I don’t mind. Whatever revenue comes, it will go to the state government. As a minister, I can only appeal that the penalty is not for revenue, but for saving people’s lives.

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