Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa on Thursday announced a free bus ride scheme for senior citizens. Senior citizens in Chennai can travel in non-air conditioned Metropolitan Transport Corporation (MTC) buses free of cost for 10 times in a month, the chief minister announced in the assembly.
The scheme will come into effect on February 24, which also happens to be the birthday of Jayalalithaa.
The scheme would be first implemented in Chennai, and based on the response, it would be extended to other cities and towns, she said.
“On the eve of 2011 assembly election, we announced several promises in the party manifesto. We also announced that free bus passes would be given to senior citizens and with today’s announcement, we have fulfilled all the promises made in the manifesto and I announce this with pride,” said Jayalalithaa as her partymen went delirious thumping the desks.
People who are aged 60 and above are eligible to receive tokens from MTC depots and offices. “Monthly 10 tokens will be issued to senior citizens. The elderly need to get an identity card from the MTC depots by filling in applications with photograph,” said Jayalalithaa.
Senior citizens can get the application form from bus depots or download it from the transport department website. Details are also available on the website on which sort of buses the tokens can be used, the chief minister said.
“There is no last date for submission of applications and whoever needs it can apply at any time. Apart from fulfilling the promises made in the manifesto we have introduced more number of welfare schemes,” said Jayalalithaa.