Shimla: HP cabinet in its meeting today approved the Draft Mukhya Mantri Grameen Parivahan scheme. This scheme will generate self employment for the educated unemployed youth by giving them opportunities to operate transport vehicles on various routes; besides providing transportation facility to the villagers.
Vehicle owner permits will also be covered under special road tax. Private operators plying buses on routes not covered by HRTC buses will be eligible for financial incentives from the state government. 29, 22 and 17 seater bus operators on giving undertaking of carrying pass holders will be given Rs. 2,200, Rs, 1,500 and Rs. 1,000 per month as financial incentive respectively from the state government. Unviable routes shall also be included on need basis. It also approved the amendment in the Himachal Pradesh Motor Vehicles Rules, 1999 by incorporating provision that no vehicle owner shall paint or exhibit any particulars or insignia other than the registration mark in the Registration Plates of their vehicle. Further, it granted approval to the rationalization of token tax of public and private transport vehicles by amending the Himachal Pradesh Motor Vehicle Rule, 1999, Schedule-I aimed at checking traffic congestions and pollution problems.