MSRTC adopts Ad­haar link smart cards for con­ces­sional passes

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The Ma­ha­rash­tra State Road Trans­port Cor­po­ra­tion (MSRTC) has de­cided to is­sue Aad­haar linked smart cards to all con­ces­sion avail­ing sec­tions in the state. State trans­port min­is­ter Di­wakar Raote an­nounced.

The move aims to bring trans­parency and avoid mis­use. The state pub­lic trans­port util­ity of­fers con­ces­sional trans­port passes to var­i­ous sec­tion of so­ci­ety. Ac­cord­ing to the MSRTC, it pro­vides con­ces­sional passes to as many as 24 sec­tions of so­ci­ety rang­ing from stu­dents, se­nior ci­ti­zens to dis­abled peo­ple.

The state trans­port body, how­ever, re­ceived hun­dreds of com­plaints re­gard­ing bo­gus passes and that some had ob­tained the pass by pro­vid­ing fake in­for­ma­tion. This in turn, in­curs losses to the state trans­port body. Even some cases of fake passes were lodged at po­lice sta­tions. As per the MSRTC’s claims, many con­duc­tors were man­han­dled by pass holder pas­sen­gers over sus­pi­cious passes. To over­come from this is­sue, MSRTC has de­cided to is­sue new Aad­haar-linked smart cards.

The MSRTC’s cen­tral of­fice in Mum­bai said that the trans­port body gives con­ces­sions from 50% to 100% on travel to 24 sec­tions of so­ci­ety. Now, the state trans­port has de­cided to link new smart cards with the Aad­haar card. It will pro­vide ac­cu­rate in­for­ma­tion of par­tic­u­lar per­son.

The smart card for will al­low stu­dents and monthly and tri-monthly pass hold­ers to pay an amount of their passes on­line us­ing smart cards. Th­ese peo­ple need not travel to bus stand to re­new passes. The smart card sys­tem will curb mis­use. In the last fi­nan­cial year, around 39 crore peo­ple took ben­e­fit of the con­ces­sional passes.

A se­nior of­fi­cial in the MSRTC’s Kol­ha­pur di­vi­sion, said, “We re­ceived an ap­pli­ca­tion for short-term passes. There were many in­ci­dents re­ported on fake or tam­pered con­ces­sional passes. The smart card will curb mis­use.”

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