HYDERABAD: Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee (TPCC) president N. Uttam Kumar Reddy on Friday demanded adequate compensation to families of agricultural labourers who were killed and injured in a road accident at Devarakonda on Thursday.
Uttam Kumar Reddy, along with ex-ZP chairman Balu Naik, and DCC president Shankar Naik, visited Devarakonda hospital and paid their respects to the victims. The TPCC chief gave Rs 4 lakh assistance to the families of the victims on behalf of the Congress.
Speaking to mediapersons later, he demanded that the state government pay
Rs 20 lakh ex-gratia to each to the families of those killed in the accident. He said adequate compensation should be paid to those injured besides ensuring free treatment.
Reddy demanded that the state government take immediate measures to ensure road safety. He said that there was a huge rise in fatal accidents, especially in rural areas.
He said drunk driving, overloading of public transport vehicles, rash driving and bad roads were among the main reasons for such accidents. The local police and transport authorities were neither checking overloaded seven-seater autos, jeeps and other vehicles, nor adequate steps were being taken to check drunken-driving on highways and other roads, especially those connecting rural areas.
The TPCC chief demanded that the government take immediate steps to ply and increase frequency of RTC buses in the rural areas so that people would be discouraged from driving on such risky roads. He demanded setting up of well-equipped trauma centres, especially in accident prone zones....