Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee will flag off 60 vehicles under Gatidhara scheme at Red Road on
Unemployed youth can set their foot into the transport sector by availing the Gatidhara scheme to buy vehicles. Chief Minister had decided to start the scheme to provide financial assistance of maximum Rs 1 lakh to unemployed youth to buy vehicles.
The state transport department has already brought 1,084 youth under the scheme and they have received financial assistance of total Rs 9.75 crore.
Out of 1,084 youth, 60 of them will be present on Red Road when the Chief Minister will flag off their vehicles.
The youth are mainly from the adjacent districts including Howrah, Hooghly and North and South 24-Parganas.
They have bought vehicles as per their requirement and plans. The vehicles include luxury taxis, auto-rickshaws and mini-trucks.
Youth from all across the state from Darjeeling to South 24-Parganas have purchased vehicles availing Gatidhara scheme.
“But vehicles owned by youth from neighbouring districts have been asked to be present in the programme on Red Road as it is illogical to ask youth from far off districts to bring their vehicle to the city just for a one-day programme,” said an official.
It may be mentioned that the state transport department has brought several youth under the scheme within one-and-half month.
Various steps including setting up felicitation centres across the state have been taken to help unemployed youth avail the Gatidhara scheme. More than 1,300 such centres were set up where a set of people were posted to provide information about the scheme and to help beneficiaries to avail it.
A few days ago, Banerjee had handed over cheques to 1,000 beneficiaries. Banerjee had drawn the logo for the Gatidhara scheme and a sticker containing a logo will be pasted on each of the vehicles. Apart from 1,084 beneficiaries, more than 1,200 applications are under process and another 3,000 are in the pipeline.
The state transport department has set a target of helping around 5,000 youth to buy vehicles by providing financial assistance under the scheme.