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All women will be permitted to ride for free in all (state-owned) buses operating in Karnataka other than AC and Volvo, including express bus services.
In order to make clear that women in Karnataka can only travel up to 20 kilometers into border states for free, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Saturday set the groundwork for the introduction of the first of the five poll pledges, “Shakti,” which offers free public transport for women.
The programme would be unveiled on Sunday from Vidhana Soudha, according to the chief minister, D K Shivakumar, and Ramalinga Reddy, minister of transportation.

At 11 AM, we will launch one of the five guarantees at Vidhana Soudha. In all (state-owned) buses other than AC and Volvo, including express bus services, all women will have the right to free travel within the state, Siddaramaiah informed reporters.

The Chief Minister added that if a lady wanted to go to Tirupati, she couldn’t go for free. If women wanted to take an interstate bus, the service wasn’t free, he claimed. He informed that she can travel as far as Mulbagal (a Koolar region that borders Andhra Pradesh), beyond which it is not accessible.
However, there are no fees for trips up to 20 kilometers inside adjoining states.

Women can travel for free, for instance, for 20 kilometers inside of Andhra Pradesh from Ballari, according to Siddaramaiah.

The Chief Minister explained the launch of four more guarantees, stating that “Gruha Jyoti,” which provides 200 free units of power to home consumers, will begin operations from Kalaburagi on July 1.

On that day, the ‘Anna Bhagya’ programme, which provides 10 kg of free rice or food grain to BPL families, will be introduced in Mysuru.

The Chief Minister said that the “Gruha Lakshmi” scheme, which provides monthly financial help of Rs. 2,000 to the head lady of a household, will be introduced on August 16 from the district headquarters town of Belagavi.
Source- Hindustan times


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