Uttar Pradesh Transport Minister Swatantra Dev Singh on Sunday said that state government led by chief minister Yogi Adityanath is planning to introduce a system of e-challans for payment of road taxes in a bid to get rid of touts in the Regional Transport Offices (RTO). “Our government has accorded priority to ridding RTOs across the state of the menace of ‘dalals’ (touts). As a step in this direction, we are going to bring in the system of e- challans,” Singh was quoted as saying by PTI.
“We are committed to ensuring that the system of e-challans starts functioning as soon as possible. We have set a deadline of 100 days and we are confident of attaining the objective within time,” he added. Speaking to reporters, the transport minister said, “The Kumbh Mela of 2019 may be more than a year away. But the Yogi Adityanath government has started making plans for the mega religious congregation during which Allahabad is visited by crores of pilgrims.”
“The transport department, on its part, has decided to ply an additional 10,000 buses for ferrying pilgrims to and from the city for the period when the Ardh Kumbh will be underway,” he added.
The minister made comments during his visit to Allahabad. He was in the city to review the functioning of a bus depot in Civil Lines and a workshop of the transport department in Rajapur. “Officials have been instructed to draw a roadmap within a month for connecting all villages in Allahabad and adjoining districts through bus routes,” he further said.
Adityanath-led Uttar Pradesh government has been making headlines for its new policies, intended to bring reforms in the state across various sectors. Earlier in the day, Adityanath announced an increase of Rs 200 in pension for ‘divyangs’ (Persons with Disability or differently-abled). The government raised pension from Rs 300 per month to Rs 500 per month.