Lucknow: Keeping in mind safety of those travelling on two-wheelers, Uttar Pradesh government on Thursday made it compulsory for pillion riders to wear helmets.
A decision in this regard was taken at a cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav here.
"The cabinet has approved a proposal to amend rule 201 of UP Motor vehicles regulation-1998, making helmets for pillion riders compulsory," an official spokesperson said.
The decision has been taken keeping in view safety of those commuting on two wheelers.
The cabinet also okayed several amendments in state's aviation policy after which 18-20 seater aircraft could be used for inter-state transport.
The carrier would be selected through tender and they would be entitled for Rs five crore for 300 hours of flight from viability gap fund (VGF) of the state.
The fare of travel would be decided by a committee of Director General, Tourism.
The selected operator would have to deploy flights on Lucknow-Varanasi, Agra-Varanasi, Lucknow-Allahabad-Gorakhpur routes daily.
In another important decision, the cabinet decided to increase aid given to minority community living below poverty line for marriage of their daughters from Rs 10,000 to Rs 20,000.
The aid would be given to maximum of two daughters in a family and the entire process will also be made online.
The cabinet also decided to send a letter to the Centre to include 'Aheria' caste in scheduled caste list.
The cabinet also approved channelisation and development of banks at Varuna river in Varanasi which will cost Rs 20165.85 lakh, approval of Rs 177.81 lakh for beautification and expansion of the banks of Yamuna river in Mathura-Vrindavan.