The Karnataka government has recommended women to apply for Shakti smart cards in order to enjoy free transportation on state-run buses from June 11. The government has already issued a set of guidelines on the ‘Shakti’ scheme, which is one of the major poll promises by the Congress party in Karnataka. According to the Karnataka transport department, women can apply for Shakti smart cards from June 11 at sevasindhu.karnataka.gov.in.
What all buses are excluded?
The Shakti scheme applies only on the ordinary state run bus services of Karnataka. Airavat, Airavat Club Class, Airavat Gold Class, Ambari, Ambari Dream Class, Ambari Utsav, Fly Bus, Vayu Vajra, Vajra, Non-AC Sleeper, Rajahamsa and EV Power Plus AC buses are excluded in this scheme. The plan does not apply to buses that go outside of the state. Men would be given 50% of the seats on KSRTC, NWKRTC, and KKRTC ordinary and express buses.
The Shakti scheme is one of the five guarantees that the Congress party made in its election manifesto. The other four guarantees are:
• 30% reservation for women in all government jobs
• Free education for all children from class 1 to 12
• Free healthcare for all
• Rs 2,500 per month pension for all women above the age of 60.
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