‘6 MVIs for 22 districts, all lack requisite qualification’

Srinagar: Information sought under the Right to Information( RTI) Act has revealed that for 22 districts of Jammu and Kashmir, there are only 6 Motor Vehicle Inspectors (MVI) and all of them are lacking diploma or technical qualification.
According to a local news agency CNS, a social activist Junaid Nazir from Shaheed Gung Srinagar had sought information under Right to Information Act, 2009 from Transport Department regarding the details of educational as well as technical qualification of Motor Vehicles Inspectors, Assistant Regional Transport Officer’s (ARTO’s) and In charge ARTO’s of Jammu and Kashmir Division.
The Office of the Transport Commissioner in its reply vide number TC/JK/RTI/72/9246 has revealed that in Jammu and Kashmir there are only 6 MVI’s who not only possess any diploma but there technical qualification is also nil. Except one Motor Vehicle Inspector who is a graduate, rest of them are matriculate.
Under revised Motor Vehicles Act 1988 of Jammu and Kashmir, a Motor Vehicles Inspector must possess a 3 years diploma in Automobile Engineering or a 3 years diploma in Mechanical Engineering awarded by the State Board of Technical Education. The Act further says that a MVI must possess the working experience of at least one year in a reputed automobile workshop which undertakes repairs of both light motor vehicles, heavy good vehicles and heavy passenger motor vehicles fitted with petrol and diesel engine, and must hold a driving license authorizing him to drive motor cycle, heavy goods vehicles and heavy passenger motor vehicles.
The information provided by Deputy Transport Commissioner Public Information officer Jammu and Kashmir has revealed that no Motor Vehicle Inspector possess any technical qualification as laid down in Motor Vehicles Act.
The information sought under RTI Act further reveals that out of 19 in charge ARTO’s, 15 are matriculates.— CNS