Only 186 employees manning Transport Deptt: Sunil Sharma

Says SRTC generating Rs 200 cr revenue

SYED RIZWAN GEELANI
Jammu, Publish Date: Jan 21 2018 12:39AM | Updated Date: Jan 21 2018 12:39AM
Only 186 employees manning Transport Deptt: Sunil SharmaGK Photo

Transport Minister Sunil Sharma on Saturday said that the Transport Department of the state was manned by only 186 employees in all 22 districts.

The minister was replying on the grants for Transport Department in the Legislative Assembly and said at least 16.5 lakh vehicles were registered in state and the department has made all the details available online.

“People are expecting much from the department but the real situation is that I have only 186 employees in the state who are manning it,” he said.

“But to overcome the problem we are trying our best to introduce technological interventions in the department. We will introduce digital inspection of vehicles so that manpower involvement will be less,” he said, adding the department is giving all efforts to make the department paperless.

The transport minister claimed that the State Road Transport Corporation was not running in debit but was generating revenue of Rs 200 crore for the state.

“This revenue is generated despite running our fleet on non-profitable routes. After giving salary worth Rs 100 crore to the employees of RTC, Garage and MVD we give profit to the state,” he said.

The transport minister said that almost 770 percent of the fleet with SRTC was 15 to 20 years old.

“But we are procuring new fleet for SRTC which will reach in the department from February 15 this year. It will include 63 trucks and other vehicles. Besides, the department is procuring 100 Tempo travellers on PP mode,” he said.

The minister said the department is mulling to introduce the concept of smart card instead of driving licenses to “completely” curb the menace of fake licenses. “The smart card will have a chip which will help to identify the culprits,” he said.

He said the department will also outsource the issuance of license to Maruti Udyog where the drivers will reduce the burden on the department.

The minister said the department has devised an online mobile application-‘Ride Safe’ wherein the passengers can register their complaints of overloading against the driver.

“They can register complaints against the driver if he uses mobile phone or drinks while driving,” he said.