Rishi Raj Singh

Rishi Raj Singh

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Rishi Raj Singh is an Indian Administrative Officer known for his rigid principles and administration. As a powerful administrator he made many reforms in the capital city of Kerala – Thiruvananthapuram. Kerala's transport commissioner made tremendous progress in making roads safer. He made it compulsory the use of helmets in the city, which reduced the accidents rate in the city. In many of the major cities, the number of accident casualties has been reduced to more than half after his iconic reforms. Though his reforms to compulsory use seat belt for the driver was warmly welcomed by public, the idea to make seat belt compulsory for people behind, invited wide criticism.


Transport Commissioner Rishiraj Singh ordered to wearing of the modern three-point lap and shoulder seat belt mandatory for passengers in rear seats. Later Transport Minister Thiruvanchoor reverted the law which created a lot of criticisms and controversies. Raj Singh was transferred and IPL officer Sreelekha was given the additional charge.


Malayalis, who once saw seatbelts as a nuisance, now reluctantly wear them. Same is the case of helmets in the city. Now people wear helmet with dhotis too. However Commissioner’s comment that film actors should also wear helmet while picturizing bike ride was ridiculed by the public and film fraternity. This leader is known for his unique talent to identify corruption. Earlier he has done many reforms while serving as commissioner in Kottayam.


Rishi Raj Singh is an officer of the 1985 Indian Police Service (IPS) batch from Kerala cadre. He belongs to Bikaner in Rajasthan. He took charge as joint director CBI's ACB Central Zone, Bhopal in January 2013 was later posted to Thiruvananthapuram as transport commissioner. He took over charge in June. In 2012 alone, 4,286 motorists perished on Kerala roads and it was a challenging task for him. Under his administration roads gained momentum and accident rates reduced considerably.


He got into a controversy in August 2016, by stating that “There are sections in law to jail a man for staring annoyingly at a woman for 14 seconds. Please use it, if it is the case.”

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Updated: August 19, 2016

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