Chandigarh, April 20: This is bad news for those government employees and students who use to bus traveling for furlough on the name of work. The Transport Department of Punjab is soon going to restrict unlimited free and concessional traveling. People traveling on free or concessional rates will soon be issued smart cards instead of passbook. With these Smart cards, which will be interlinked with Roadways and concerned department, not only the journey limit will be set, but the concerned department will able to know the location of his employee, who is sent for official or special task.The Punjab Government spends Rs 80 crore on free and concessional travelling every year, but due to misuse of such pass books, the cost goes much more than fixed amount. With the issuance of the smart card, the government will able to save the crores of rupees.The Punjab Government provides free bus traveling facility to the Inspector rank officers and Jail warden, Police and Jail staff, respectively. For this purpose, a free travel slip is given to these employees. But reports revealed that often such slips are used for furlough to go to home in the night, especially those who live at nearby Station. Apart from these, the Punjab Roadways facilitates concessional travel in the 60 km radius in ordinary buses to the students. Roadways have reports that these passes are being misused on a large scale and at some places such cases have been found. Soon the Roadways will provide Common Mobility Cards (CMR) to its beneficiaries, which will be connected to RFID (Radio Frequency Identification).Discussions are going on with National Payment Corporation of India, which approves software and programme and Near Field Communication (NFC) and soon the process has been started. New ticketing machines will be connected to roadways and some other departments. In this new system, the information concerned department will able to know about the traveling length of its employees. Students will also get access to concessional travel from his educational institution to his residential station. Roadways sources told that the process of implementing new system will start working in 2-3 months.
Beneficiaries of free traveling
1-Police employees (Constable to Inspector).
3- Students till 10th class, radius 10 KM.
5-Cancer Patients (Home to Hospital).
6-Terrorism effected women.
7-Ex MLAs and their wives of Husbands.
9- Thalassemia Patients.
CONCESSIONAL BUS PASS BENEFICERIES
1-Students (60 KM radius).
2-Women 60 year on wards.
4-Employees of Civil Secretariat and High Court (In Tricity).
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