Jammu, Nov 9: Transport Minister Hakeem Muhammad Yaseen has announced to constitute a high empowered committee for investigation of the circumstances which led to outstanding of Rs 8 crore of the Corporation with the Food Corporation of India (FCI).
Yaseen announced this at a meeting here on Wednesday to review the functioning of State Road Transport Corporation (SRTC).
He said the government intends to formulate a comprehensive policy for the corporation giving it a new shape so that it runs on profitable lines.
The minister said that regulation of traffic would be streamlined in the state especially in the capital cities of Jammu and Srinagar, so that better, comfortable and timely transport facilities are provided to the people adding that for the purpose measures of urgent nature are required to be taken at the different levels.
Yaseen said that government has decided to launch operation of interstate bus fleet for nine states on contract basis to boost revenue.
Reviewing the over all functioning of the corporation, the Minister said that it has earned an income of Rs. 39 crore during 1st six months of the current financial year and the interstate bus fleet comprising 105 Super Deluxe Coaches is expected to earn Rs. 24 crore during the current fiscal year, the Minister added. He asked to purchase spare parts from the reputed firms after fulfilling the all codal formalities with consultation of Departmental Purchase Committee adding that all major decisions should be got approved by the administrative department.
The Minister also proposes to operate SRTC buses on district routes on contract basis on experimental basis.
Hakeem Yaseen directed to operate comfortable buses for Srinagar, Jammu Airports, Railway Station and other tourist spots in the state. He also directed to operate timely passenger services on Srinagar-Jammu National Highway. He directed to intensify the checking of the passenger services across the state.
The meeting also took several decisions in the interest of SRTC, which include rehabilitation of surplus staff and shifting of the services of 34 Mechanical Engineers to the Motor Vehicles Department on deputation basis. It also took stock of the availability of trucks to the Consumer Affairs and Public Distribution Department and for transportation of fresh fruits to other parts of the country.
Among others the meeting was attended by the Commissioner Secretary Transport, Devender Nargotra, Special Secretary Transport Haq Nawaz, MD SRTC Sanjeev Verma and senior functionaries of the Transport department and the SRTC.