The Tumkur division of the Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation ... has organized different homas to reduce accidents ... These homas began from 6 am and ended at 9 pm. The division has set aside Rs 5 lakh for them. In 2008-09, there were 196 accidents and from Jan. 1 to July 31 this year, there were 46 accidents in the Tumkur division.
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One employee ... alleged that the division controller collected money for this from the employees. “Some young new drivers are not trained to drive. That’s the main reason for more accidents in the division,” he added.
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Well, a pooja at the time of inauguration of a service/ building/ event is quite customary. But, this is going beyond all limits.
The Indian Constitution enjoins upon every citizen a fundamental duty to "develop the scientific temper, humanism and the spirit of inquiry and reform". One would expect government organisations to set the right kind of examples rather than promoting such obscurantist practices.