CM to launch Vahana Mitra scheme for self-owned auto drivers today

VIJAYAWADA: With an aim to provide the monetary benefit of Rs 10,000 to the self-owned auto drivers, the state government will launch the Vahana Mitra scheme. 

The flagship program will be launched by the chief minister YS Jaganmohan Reddy at Eluru in West Godavari district. 

Transport minister Perni Venkatramaiah (Nani) said, “We chose Eluru to launch the scheme because it was here during his padayatra, that Jagan had promised auto and maxi cab drivers to provide Rs 10,000 every year. As many as 1.76 lakh drivers have enrolled for the scheme so far and those who are still left out with some technical difficulties will also be given a chance to enrol in the scheme."

The transport department started the enrolment process of the beneficiaries in the third week of September. As many drivers do not have the requisite documents to meet the eligibility criteria, the deadline for submission of documents was extended.

The Deputy Transport Commissioners (DTC) of all districts conducted special enrolment drives across the state to include the maximum number of eligible auto, maxi cab drivers. The state government also eased enrolment norms relaxing the mandatory submission of insurance and fitness certificates of the vehicles.

As many drivers do not possess the white ration card, the state government directed the transport department to accept the applications for facing technical difficulties. As for those drivers who have a different residential address on their driving licenses, will need to update the necessary changes.

“We have given the opportunity for all auto owners who are self-driving their vehicles to get the benefit of the scheme in the first year. Those who do not have the insurance and fitness certificates should get them after receiving the benefit from the government. Failing to do so they will not get the same benefit from next year” the transport minister further said.