Women in Punjab get to travel free of cost in all Punjab Government-run buses within the state from Thursday. The cabinet on Wednesday stamped its approval on the scheme which the Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh announced earlier this month.
The Chief Minister had announced the free travel scheme in the Vidhan Sabha on March 5, as part of his government’s efforts to empower women and girls in the state.
The scheme would benefit over 1.31 crore women and girls across the state.
Under the scheme, women residents of Punjab can avail free bus travel in government-owned buses, including Punjab Roadways Transport Corporation (PRTC), Punjab Roadways Buses (PUNBUS) and city bus services operated by local bodies. However, the scheme is not applicable to government-owned AC buses, Volvo buses and HVAC Buses. Documents like Aadhar Card, voter card or any other proof of residence in Punjab would be required to avail the facility.
Further, all women who are family members of Punjab government employees and residing in Chandigarh, or are themselves employees of Punjab government but live in Chandigarh, can avail the benefit, irrespective of age and income criteria, of free travel in the said government buses.