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Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur on Thursday launched 50 per cent discount on fare in Himachal Road Transport Corporation (HRTC) buses for women during the ‘Nari ko Naman’ program in Dharamsala. The state level program was organized at Dharamshala Bus Stand and Dharamshala College auditorium. During this, the Chief Minister traveled in a new HRTC bus from Bus Stand Dharamsala to the auditorium of Dharamsala College.
During this, Transport, Industries, Labor and Employment Minister Bikram Thakur gave the bus fare of the MLA along with the Chief Minister. Seema Thakur served as a driver in the bus. Seema Thakur is the first woman bus driver of Road Transport Corporation. Seema now wants to drive a Volvo bus, for which she will soon go for training. CM Jairam said that the first bus driver Seema has become an inspiration for women. He directed the officers to make proper arrangements for training them to drivers of Volvo buses. The CM said that 25 posts of women drivers would also be created in HRTC.
It is noteworthy that on the occasion of Himachal Day on April 15, the state government had announced to charge only 50 per cent fare from women in HRTC buses. The CM said that this would put an additional burden of Rs 60 crore on the exchequer of the government. CM Jairam said that about one lakh 25 thousand women travel in buses every day in Himachal. The government has bowed down to women by giving discounts in bus fare to such women.
Program broadcast through LED in all district headquarters, bus stands
Programs were also organized on Thursday in all district headquarters and bus stands under the ‘Nari Ko Naman’ program. LED screens were installed at all district headquarters, bus stands, in which the state level program of Dharamshala was telecast. The program was organized at ISBT Tutikandi in Shimla.