To instil a new lease of life in loss making Himachal Roadways Transport Corporation (HRTC), the state government has chalked out a strategy for its branding with the help of National Institute of Fashion Technology.
Transport Minister GS Bali addressing media here on Friday said that we have drawn up plans to transform the picture of HRTC. “The present multi- coloured pattern of HRTC buses will soon be replaced by single colour pattern. We have signed MoU with the National Institute of Fashion Technology to develop the new design, “the minister added.
He said that the unwisely decisions taken by the previous BJP government has left HRTC is great loss and the credibility of its services has been also eroded.
Bali disclosed that the HRTC was going to launch “Own your own Vehicle “scheme soon. “Under this HRTC will provide a bus on the security of Rs. 1.5 lakh to unemployed youth and after a period of six years the ownership will transferred to him. The security amount will also be refunded after a period of six years.
“The unemployed persons have to operate this vehicle in the remote areas for 8 years where transport facilities are lacking. The driver for the vehicle would be provided by the facilitator and conductor HRTC will be provided by the HRTC. Maintenance and other expenses will be borne out by HRTC itself, “Bali added.
Transport Minister said that he had set targets for all divisional managers of HRTC to improve its performance. “To insure its implementation in HRTC, performance based transfer based policy has been promoted. Only the good performers can claim for their transfers under this policy, he added.
Transport Minister GS Bali who also holds the Food and Civil Supply portfolio said that the state government was soon going to upgrade Public Distribution Scheme. “The new items like Urad Dal, Masar Dal and Mustard Oil will also be distributed under the PDS to people on subsidised rates. The distribution of Mustard Oil under PDS scheme was discontinued during the previous BJP government in Himachal.
Bali all praise for Budget
Transport Minister GS Bali has praised Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh for presenting the Common Man’s budget in the assembly on Thursday. He also criticized the BJP who were terming it as the anti people.
He said that it was for the first time that unemployed have been given due weight age by providing assistance and monthly allowance of Rs. 1000 on such a large scale. He said that this decision was a welcome step as it would be of great assistance to them. The merged areas which include Solan, Kangra, Una and Hamirpur have been given due weightage by announcing new industrial areas and other schemes.
He said that Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh has protected the interests of all section of society in the budget.