Punjab CM launches free travel facility for women

Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Thursday launched a free travel facility for women in government-run buses within the state and said this fulfils another promise made by his party in its poll manifesto.

Reacting to it, the main opposition Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) accused the state government of the bid to “copy” the scheme run by it in Delhi and termed the initiative as “hollow”.

The party said the scheme has been restricted to government-run buses while private ones that run on maximum routes have been kept out of its ambit.

The Punjab Cabinet had on Wednesday given its approval to the scheme.

“With this, we have fulfilled another poll manifesto promise,” the Chief Minister said in a statement, claiming that a record 85 per cent of promises have been implemented by his government.

He said the state government is now moving towards realising 100 per cent of its commitments made before the 2017 Assembly elections.