Updated: Jul 15, 2022 5:28 PM STI
Visakhapatnam (Andhra Pradesh) [India]Jul 15 (ANI): Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy on Friday disbursed Rs 261 crore under ‘YSR Vahana Mitra’ scheme providing Rs 10,000 financial aid to drivers – owners of auto-rickshaws, taxis and maxi-cabins.
This is the fourth consecutive year of uninterrupted support to the transport sector, and the program will benefit 2.61 lakh self-employed beneficiaries.
Addressing the beneficiaries, Reddy said the government launched the Vahana Mitra program within four months of taking office.
“During my 3,648 km padayatra (political trip), countless automobile and taxi drivers have raised concerns about their difficulties in obtaining certificates of fitness and insurance for their respective vehicles, citing financial problems. To ensure that no car, taxi or maxi-cab driver suffers or is forced to take out loans at exorbitant interest rates from private lenders, we have come up with this scheme,” said the chief minister.
He added, “Every family with a car or a taxi chooses a life of self-employment, not depending on anyone. These families stand tall, providing transport services to thousands of people every day. The government will always support them to through financial assistance provided through Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT).To date, the government has spent Rs. last four years.
Vahana Mitra is a social assistance program for owner-drivers of automobiles, taxis and maxi-cabs under which the beneficiary will receive financial assistance of Rs 10,000 per year for the annual maintenance of his vehicle.
The program was launched in September 2019. Previously, the state government relaxed some guidelines so that more car owners and drivers could benefit from it. (ANI)