GENERAL INSURANCE COUNCIL WORKSHOP ON ROAD SAFETY
General Insurance Council conducted a Workshop on THE ROLE OF GENERAL INSURANCE INDUSTRY IN ROAD SAFETY” on 7.2.2019 at Hotel Sahara Star to address issues related to Road Accidents during the 30th National Road safety week (4-10 February 2019).
The workshop was inaugurated by Dr Subhash Chandra Khuntia, IAS, Chairman IRDAI. Mr AV Girija Kumar, Chairman GI Council, welcomed the guests and spoke on various initiatives launched by the GI Council. A theme presentation by Mr R Chandrasekaran, Secretary General of G I Council was made on road safety in which he highlighted the need for a coordinated approach by all stakeholders.
Mr Abhay Damle, Joint Secretary Ministry of Road transport and Highways, and Chief Guest Dr Khuntia spoke on the subject in detail and advised Council to mobilize insurance industry for taking steps to ameliorate the compensation system to victims as well as streamline the data flow for the benefit of stakeholders.
On this occasion a road safety booklet for school students in 4 languages jointly published by WIAA and GI Council was also released by Chairman IRDAI.
The workshop was attended by CEOs and other representatives of Insurance industry, IRDAI and Ministry officials, senior officers from Maharashtra Police and Transport department, NGOs, Motor Surveyors and many other stakeholders.
The workshop included presentations on topics of Road accident compensation, data integration between various stakeholders and accident prevention strategies.
A lively panel discussion followed on the topic “Road safety- A collaborative Affair. Mr Amitesh Kumar, Joint Commissioner of Police, Dr Prakash Jadhav, Deputy Transport Commissioner, Mr Piyush Tewari from “Save Life Foundation”, Mr Girish Radhakrishnan CMD of United India Insurance, Mr Gopalarathanam, CEO and MD of MS Cholamandalam, Mr Abhay Damle, Joint Secretary and Mr Jacob Thomas of IIB, participated in the panel discussion. Mr Abhay Damle moderated the panel discussion.
The biggest take away from the workshop is the realization of real time integration between MoRTH, National informatics Centre, Insurance companies, RTO databases including PUC data base for effective compliance of Road traffic rules and regulations..