Himachal Pradesh Introduces e-Taxi Initiative to Promote Sustainable Transportation
In an effort to make Himachal Pradesh a more environmentally conscious state, Chief Minister Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu launched the e-Taxi scheme under the Rajiv Gandhi Employment Startup Scheme. CM Sukhu described the program as a government effort toward environmental sustainability.
He underlined that the e-Taxi scheme, which was unveiled today, aims to issue electric taxi permits to the unemployed with a 50% subsidy. These taxis will be available for services in government departments, promoting employment and contributing to a pollution-free environment in Himachal Pradesh. This is in line with Congress’s commitment to the public, which includes the inclusion of a startup scheme worth Rs 680 crore for the unemployed.
CM Sukhu emphasized that jobless people can simply apply online via the website of the Transport Department in order to receive benefits from the scheme. In the future, the government intends to implement jobless assistance programs in the fields of agriculture and solar energy as part of the startup’s subsequent stages.
In addition, e-charging stations will be installed by the government at 17 different locations throughout the state. Sukhu expressed optimism that Himachal Pradesh is moving closer to becoming a green state, adding that plans for solar energy initiatives are slated for the second phase and agricultural sector development for the third.
A comprehensive investigation into the mining scam was announced by Sukhwinder Singh Sukhu in response to concerns raised by the previous BJP government about illegal mining. He cited cases in which 131 stone crushers in the Beas River Basin were operating without permission, causing the government to suffer large financial losses. The investigation will encompass all crushers installed in the River Basin.