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BTC transport department distributes 890 e-rickshaws

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KOKRAJHAR, Sept 12: The Department of Transport, BTC, on Tuesday ceremonially distributed 890 e-rickshaws to the beneficiaries of four districts under Bodoland Vikash Yajana, 2017-18 and two big buses were given away to the Bineswar Brahma Engineering College to ferry the students from different locations, at a function held at Bodoland Guest House premises at Bodofa Nwgwr.
 The EM of Transport, BTC, Jagadish Sarkar said altogether 890 e-rickshaws were distributed among the beneficiaries of four districts on Tuesday under the Chief’s Discretionary Fund, 2017-18 and two buses were also formally handed to the BB Engineering authority. He said out of 890 beneficiaries, Kokrajhar district had 235 beneficiaries, Chirang had 210 beneficiaries while Bagsa and Udalguri districts had 235 and 210 beneficiaries respectively. The beneficiaries will have to pay 50 per cent subsidy against the cost of Rs. 1,23,450 per e-rickshaw, he said, adding that an amount of Rs. 5,49,75,000 was spent for purchasing e-rickshaw and two buses. He called upon the beneficiaries to use the e-rickshaws propely for self-reliance.          
Talking to media persons, Sarkar said the department received good revenue from the Bodoland Transport Service that was operational in all important places of BTC, including Guwahati and Gohpur in Sonitpur district. He also said the department was planning to extend the Bodoland Transport Service to Siliguri and Coochbehar in West Bengal, Shillong in Meghalaya and other important towns of the State and procurement process for AC buses was going on and the buses were likely to arrive soon.
Earlier, the EM of Sports and Youth Welfare, BTC, Doneswar Goyary gave away the keys of e-rickshaw to beneficiaries and another EM, Rajib Brahma handed over the key of two buses to the Principal of BB Engineering College, Kamal Kr. Brahma. Goyary in his speech said the council had been taking initiative to boost the rural economy and with this aim the council had been distributing Winger, auto rickshaw, e-rickshaw, tractor and power tillers through Bodoland Bikash Yojana to the beneficiaries. He called upon the beneficiaries to use these properly and earn their livelihood.
The programme was also attended by Joint Secretary, BTC, Dinesh Boro and Council Head of the Department of Information and Public Relations department, Ansuma Mahilary.