Hyderabad: Newly-elected chief minister Revanth Reddy flagged off the free RTC bus travel for women under the “6 Guarantees – Maha Lakshmi Scheme” and the Rajiv Aarogyasri health insurance scheme here on Saturday, December 9.
A GO (government order) was issued by the state government on Friday, stating that all women, girls and transgenders, who are residents of Telangana, can travel freely across the state in the state-run Palle Velugu and Express Buses, run by the Telangana State Road Transport Corporation (TSRTC).
The scheme will be launched in 7292 buses. A zero ticket will be issued for the women passengers. Identity cards should be shown to the conductors during the journey for local polarization.
The state government will reimburse the expenditure to the TSRTC.
Under the Rajiv Aarogyasri Health Insurance scheme, the state government will provide medical insurance coverage of Rs 10 lakh. The previous BRS government provided five lakhs.
Under Aarogyasri, 1,376 surgeries and 289 medical services are available to the people.
The schemes were released on the occasion of senior Congress leader and former AICC chief Sonia Gandhi’s birthday. “December 9 also happens to be Sonia Gandhi-ji’s birthday. On this historic day, Sonia Gandhi, having realised the decades old desire and ambition of Telangana people, and as a mother to Telangana people, made every person in Telangana feel proud to declare that ours is a Telangana State,” CM Revanthn said.
“Sonia Gandhi in 2004, from Karimnagar soil declared that she knew what Telangana people wanted and their ultimate desire and, promissed to fulfil the desire. True to her words, she was instrumental in creating a separate Telangana State on June 2, 2014,” he added.