Senapati, Jul 12: Ambulance flag off programme of the Surface Transport Hills Area Drivers Welfare Union, Manipur was held at its head office, Vani, near Tadubi under Senapati district.
The inaugural function was graced by A Kapani, Chairman, ADC, Senapati as the chief guest and M Pradip Singh, SP, Senapati as the guest of honour.
The ambulance was reportedly taken out as bank loan for the welfare of the public to meet any emergency needs of the public.
The body (STHADWUM) that covers in all hill districts of the state reportedly would provide welfare services with provision of insurance to the deceased driver when any untoward incident happened to the drivers including extension of financial help to any persons succumbed to injuries while on duty.
The ambulance that had been flagged off by the Chairman, ADC, Senapati and SP of the district would provide assistance to any persons residing in the hill areas, added the president of the union.
Daili, vice-president of the Senapati District Drivers Welfare Union (SDDWU), in his speech, opined that the two bodies coordinated with each other and work for the welfare of the drivers and for all the public in general.
SK Peter Khrasi, president, Mao Council stated that with immense rise of population and increase of vehicles in the region, accidents cannot be ruled out where ambulance service could be very beneficial for all. The STHADWUM, as a body for welfare of all, need to check for maintenance of discipline and obedience to traffic rules while travelling and asked the body to control drunk driving in the region to avoid any untoward incident from happening.
A Kapani, Chairman, ADC, Senapati, as the chief guest, said that it is one of a basic ambulance that would give service to all. With the region prone to accidents, the ADC Chairman asked the body to offer welfare service to the people of the land. Regarding the maintenance of discipline and traffic rules, the ADC Chairman asserted to tie up together with the traffic Police and to create an awareness campaign to provide sufficient knowledge to the public. Kapani also further suggested the body to approach concerned authority regarding illegal check posts and unnecessary torture meted out to the drivers at different locations while ferrying essential goods from place to place.
STHADWUM informed all that they can contact emergency nos at 8132081849/6009152752 for ambulance services.
Kathipri, ADC member, Punanamei DCC, Advisory board of the body, Peter Khrasi, president, Mao Council and his colleagues, Senapati District Drivers Welfare Union and colleagues, Manipur Road Transport & Motors Welfare Union, village headmen and village leaders came and attended the programme.