"UNION" or Human Life – What Has More Value In God’s Own Country?
Stage carriers and heavy transport vehicles are having an indefinite strike in Kerala after Supreme Court forced the Government of Kerala to implement Speed Breakers in these vehicles. The common man has to face a lot of hardships as they depend on private buses for their day-to-day commuting. In two days the prices of essential commodities have gone up like anything proving once again how much Kerala is dependent on its neighboring states for existence.
For those who don’t know what this fuss in Kerala about Speed Breaker is – here is the little history behind it.
See these statistics
- Kerala has the highest accident rate in India.
- 28,000 people lost lives in Kerala in last 10 years in road accidents.
- 3060 people killed in road accidents in 2005 (Remember, Tsunami killed only around 180 people).
- On an average 9 people die of road accidents every day.
- 5 lakh people get injured every year due to road accidents
The main culprit for the above statistics - private buses and trucks. Those who have lived in Kerala know what I am talking about. The private buses and trucks are known for rash driving in Kerala. Supreme Court want to install Speed Breakers in these buses and trucks to control the speed.
In 1986, (not a typo, yes in 1986) Kerala High Court had given a direction for fixation of Speed Governor in vehicles. It has gone to various courts to and forth and finally Supreme Court passed a verdict that all stage carriers and heavy transport should be fitted with Speed Governor by September 30th of this year.
The “UNIONS” representing private buses and trucks don’t want to implement Speed Governor as it will restrict their speed and hence their profit. So to help them the Government of Kerala is planning to promulgate an ordinance to overcome the Supreme Court order and also planning to appeal against Supreme Court order. This is another proof of Unions being more powerful than the Government of Kerala and no Government in Kerala could ever survive without licking the foot of these various Unions. Does the Government of Kerala think about the thousands who died or their families who become a victim due to the rash driving of these vehicles?
Why this happens in Kerala even after 50th year of existence? Instead of issuing an ordinance against the Supreme Court order, a responsible government must have fought the highhandedness of Unions. If the Government showed the will power then the common people will be supporting them. To reduce the hardships of people, Government should have taken steps to streamline the public transport system (KSRTC) so that people have means to travel. Similarly Kerala has a good Public Distribution System (PDS) and various commodities should have been sold through PDS to control price rise. Taking such stuffs is what is called Governing and it is for that, people elect Governments. We don’t want any Government if its policy is to be with militant union in an anti social issue. God Save Kerala.
DEMOCRACY IN KERALA – OF THE UNION;BY THE UNION;FOR THE UNION.