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Sabroom’s MMD College hosts legal awareness program on hit and run motor accident compensation scheme


BY TC News Desk

Agartala, 20th June 2024:   In a significant initiative to raise awareness on legal rights and compensation for victims of hit and run motor accidents, Michael Madhusudan Datta College at Sabroom in collaboration with the Sub-Divisional Legal Services Authority of Sabroom sub-division organized a legal awareness program on Thursday.

The program commenced with the reception of distinguished guests, a ceremonial sprinkling of water on green trees, and an opening musical performance, setting an auspicious tone for the day. The theme of the event was “Compensation for Victims of Hit and Run Motor Accident Scheme”.

Presiding over the event, College Principal Dr. Anupam Guha welcomed the attendees, emphasizing the importance of the program. The event featured notable speakers including NR Rakesh Das, Sub-Divisional Magistrate of Sabroom, Rupashree Deb, Member Secretary of the Sub-Divisional Legal Services Authority, and Radhikaranjan Basak from the Sabroom’s Bar Association. College professors, students, and legal professionals were also present, contributing to the depth and breadth of the discussions.

Addressing the gathering, NR Rakesh Das elaborated on the compensation mechanisms under the Motor Accident Claims Tribunal (MACT) and highlighted the key provisions of the Motor Vehicle Act, particularly the amendments effective from April 1, 2022. “In cases where the offending vehicle is untraceable, the revised act ensures compensation of Rs 2,00,000 for fatalities and Rs 50,000 for grievous injuries. This scheme is crucial for supporting victims and their families during distressing times,” stated Das.

Rupashree Deb further explained the procedural aspects of claiming compensation, urging the attendees to familiarize themselves with the legal avenues available. “Awareness is the first step towards justice. Understanding the legal framework can significantly aid victims in securing their rightful compensation,” she said.

In a poignant address, Principal Dr. Anupam Guha underscored the alarming rise in road accident cases and the consequent need for increased awareness. “Despite the substantial increase in accident-related incidents, very few victims benefit from the compensation scheme due to a lack of awareness. It is imperative for all of us, especially students, to be informed and proactive in disseminating this crucial information,” he remarked.

Adding a student’s perspective, Sweety Debnath, a second-semester student, delivered a short yet impactful speech, reinforcing the importance of legal literacy among youth. The event also saw contributions from Prof. Dr. Kamal Acharya and Dr. Dipankar Deb, who delivered the welcome and vote of thanks speeches, respectively.

The program concluded with the national anthem, leaving attendees with a renewed sense of legal awareness and community responsibility.

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