Many drivers have passed away while confronting the problems of bandhs, assault by unidentified armed persons, landslides and accidents, but till date they still perform their heroic profession without the fear of losing their life.
Director of Transport, Mercina R Panmei made the statement while speaking as one of the guests of honour at the 31st Drivers Day observation organised by The All Manipur Road Transport Drivers and Motor Works Union at Inter State Bus Terminal (ISBT) Dewlaland, Imphal on Tuesday.
Mercina appreciated the services and sacrifices rendered by the drivers towards the state’s economy and said that they play an important role in safeguarding the interest of the public. Amidst bandhs, landslides and accidents, drivers put their lives at stake and made sacrifices to perform their duties, she said.
“Since Manipur is landlocked, essential supplies and various commodities are brought in from the highways. Drivers have to face different challenges and problems of blockades and bandhs. They have to eat and sleep in the highways, besides facing attacks from the protestors as at times they are also attacked by the protestors,” added the director.
She also said, sometimes, drivers also have to experience difficulties of driving in bad weather, bad road conditions and landslides. Many of the drivers have passed away while enduring these conditions but till date they still perform their heroic profession without the fear of losing their life, she added.
She also appealed to the drivers to drive safely and carefully and to keep their spirit alive while performing their noble profession.
Speaking as the chief guest of the function, minister of Tribal Development and Hills and Fisheries N Kayisii lauded the All Manipur Road Transport Drivers’ and Motor Works Union for taking the initiative to organise the 31st Driver’s Day.
“AMRTD and MWU which is a body of drivers from different communities in the state works with unity unlike few other organisations,” he said while appealing to the people to cooperate with the union and acknowledge the contributions of drivers who are responsible for bringing essential communities into the state.
Kayisii also launched the Raj Health Wealth Plus for drivers.
President of AMRTD and MWU, S Manglem Singh attended the function as the president along with chairman Autonomous District Council Senapati A Kapani, chairman and managing director Raj Medicity H Rajen Singh, as the guests of honour.