On Monday, the Karnataka government issued orders to implement the Shakti scheme, which allows women to travel for free on state-run buses under certain conditions. These conditions include the reservation of 50% of seats for men, starting from June 11.
The Shakti Yojana is a progressive initiative by the state government that enables all women, including students, and transgenders to travel for free on urban, general, and express transport, with the exception of AC and luxury buses.
In view of the factors outlined in the proposal, the four transport agencies of the state namely Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC), Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC), North West Karnataka Road Transport Corporation (NWKRTC) and Kalyana Karnataka Road Transport Corporation (KKRTC).
This program is designed specifically for intra-state travel and does not apply to inter-state transportation regulations.
However, it is important to note that luxury buses such as Rajahamsa, AC, Vajra Vayuvajra Airavata, Airavata Club Class, Airavata Gold Class, Ambari, Ambari Green Class, Ambari Utsav, FE, Bus, and EV Power Plus (AC buses) are not eligible for this scheme.
In addition to the Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC), 50% of seats will be reserved for men in the remaining three state road transport corporations: KSRTC, NWKRTC, and KKRTC.
Under this scheme, the government will cover the amount due to four transport agencies based on their ticket/Shakti smart card data. Reimbursement to Road Transport Corporation will be based on the actual distance traveled by women passengers.
Women can apply for the Shakti Smart Card through the Seva Sindhu government portal within the next three months. Until the Shakti Smart Cards are issued, beneficiaries can use identity cards issued by either the Centre or state government.