Nitin Gadkari Current Affairs

India, South Korea to ink pact for seafarers, boost bilateral ties

India and South Korea signed mutual recognition of certificate of competency of seafarers to provide Indian seafarers employment on over 500 Korean ships. It was signed during four-day visit of Shipping, Road Transport & Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari to South Korea.

Key Facts

The agreement will boost bilateral ties between both countries in ports and shipping space as they are eyeing partnerships in shipbuilding, waterways and smart transportation, among others. It will be beneficial to both countries as South Korea is large ship owning nation, while India is large seafaring nation with over 1.5 lakh seafarers. The pact will help in creating job opportunities for Indian seafarers and also pave way for recognition of maritime education and training through various certificates issued for seafarers by governments of both countries.

Background

Shipping, Road Transport & Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari’s visit to South Korea was aimed at strengthening ties between two nations and cooperation in areas, including sharing of technology, experience in port development and operation and joint participation in port-related construction, building and engineering projects etc. It also focused on taking forward bilateral cooperation between India and South Korea in shipping, ports, inland waterways, highways, river interlinking and infrastructure sectors.

India and South Korea have institutional framework for cooperation through MoU for cooperation and mutual assistance to facilitate development of ports, port-related industries and maritime relationship. South Korea is known for maritime technology prowess, had partnered with Ministry of Shipping in Maritime India Summit held in Mumbai during April 2016.

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Sukhad Yatra App and Toll-free Emergency number for Highway users launched

Ministry of Road Transport & Highways (MoRTH) has launched Sukhad Yatra mobile application and 1033 Toll-free Emergency number for highway users. It also launched scheme for District Driving Training Centres and will provide grant of financial assistance for Road Safety Advocacy and awards for outstanding work in Road Safety.

Sukhad Yatra mobile application

It has been prepared by National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) to empower Highway user. Its key feature includes provision for user to enter road quality-related information and to report any accident or pothole on highway.

It also provides users with real-time data related to waiting time expected at plazas and various facilities like points of interest, highway nest and nest mini, etc. available across highway. It can also be used by users to purchase FASTag tag and further facilitate highway user experience.

Toll-free number 1033

It will enable users to report an emergency condition and highway-related feedback. Its service has been integrated with various ambulance, tow away services along highway to ensure rapid response time in case emergency. The service is supported by a multi-lingual support and user location tracking features to provide the user with accurate and responsive complaint resolution.

Scheme for District Driving Training Centres

Under it, at least one model driving training centre will be set up in each district of States/UTs. MoRTH will provide financial assistance of up to Rs. 1 crore for these centres. Its objective is to create employment and meeting requirement of HMV and LMV drivers in country.

It also aims at inculcating habit of road safety, like attitudinal and behavioral changes among drivers. These centres will conduct training course for drivers carrying dangerous and hazardous goods. The agencies that will open centre will provide infrastructure facilities like land, class rooms, simulator, etc.

Scheme for grant of financial assistance

The financial assistance will be provided for administering Road Safety Advocacy and awards for outstanding done in field of Road Safety. Under it, assistance up to Rs. 5 lakh will be provided to NGO, Cooperative Societies, Trust and other agencies for administering road safety programme. Three awards of Rs. 5 lakhs, Rs. 2 lakh and Rs. 1 lakh will be given in each State/UT to individuals of agencies engaged in road safety advocacy and allied activities.

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