CM Jayalalithaa announces free bus travel for senior citizens in Chennai

The free travel, with a cap of ten journeys in a month, is the latest in the series of freebies implemented by the AIADMK regime such as cost-free milch cows, sheep, mixers, grinders and fans and laptop for students.

By: PTI | Chennai | Updated: February 18, 2016 7:20 pm
Jayalalithaa, tamil nadu government, free bus service, free bus travel, free bus travel foe senior citizen Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa announces free bus service for senior citizen. (Source: PTI Photo)

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa on Thursday announced free bus travel for senior citizens in Chennai metropolitan area from her 68th birthday on February 24.

Making the announcement in the state assembly, she asserted that with this the AIADMK government has fulfilled “all the electoral promises” made by the party in 2011 in the state, which is set to go to polls in barely three months.

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“We had made a poll promise in our election manifesto that senior citizens would be provided free bus passes…I am happy to say that with this announcement we have fulfilled all the promises made in the AIADMK’s election manifesto in 2011,” she said.

The free travel, with a cap of ten journeys in a month, is the latest in the series of freebies implemented by the AIADMK regime such as cost-free milch cows, sheep, mixers, grinders and fans and laptop for students.

“I am also very happy to say that besides fulfilling all our electoral promises, we have also implemented various other welfare schemes,” she said amid thunderous applause from ruling party legislators and allies.

She said in the first phase, the scheme for free travel for senior citizens would be implemented in the Metropolitan Transport Corporation (MTC) buses in Chennai.

Under the plan, elderly people over the age of 60 may travel in all the MTC buses barring air-conditioned buses. The beneficiaries would be given ten tokens per month and they could give it to conductors in buses and travel free of cost.

“The scheme envisaging free travel for senior citizens in Chennai Metropolitan Corporation buses will be implemented from February 24 and after eliciting people’s response it will be extended to other places,” she said.

Those willing to avail the scheme should fill in an application form and submit it to transport authorities and get an identity card and tokens for travel. The forms could be obtained from transport corporation depots and transport department website, she said.

There is no deadline to submit application forms and these can be presented at the transport corporation bus depots any time, she said.

Soon after she made the announcement, eight legislators, Transport Minister P Thangamani and Speaker Dhanapal praised and thanked her for the new initiative.

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    Janmashtami Offers
    Mar 28, 2017 at 12:33 pm
    Try not to demand apportion card for getting free transport goes since I don't hold proportion card and don't get any proportion articles even in my past habitation at Bangalore. Sympathetically issue amended requests to empower us to get free transport goes with no confinement on number of excursions. visit -
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    Anitha
    Feb 29, 2016 at 9:04 am
    How can these so called leaders be so irresponsible and steal our money and post their photos and give freebies?.. We see lot of ministers rolling on the road to please JJ their so called Amma. They throw few freebies and deposit a lot of money to their foreign accounts. DMK ADMK and all these parties are same in cheating people. Nothing good can be exepcted put of them. DMK's big family tree and JJs extended family is flourishing at the cost of TN people. God only should save TN
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    Sanmathy
    Feb 29, 2016 at 8:59 am
    If it is really implemented for the welfare of the senior citizens , then it was not implemented immediately after they won election?. or atleast in the next year or 2 it should have been implemented. Now it is implemented to get votes for the upcoming election. AIADMK is still cheating people with all freebies and people do not realize this.. Shame on this government.
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    Anonymous
    Feb 19, 2016 at 6:47 pm
    they were her movie fans
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    v. chakarapani
    Feb 19, 2016 at 10:06 am
    Some of our Senior Citizen peoples are working after their retirement in and around chennai. (age 60 and above ). They are getting Bus P for Rs.1000/=P.M for their transport to go their job. They are spending more in their age. SO I SUGGEST TO OUR HONOURABLE CHIEF MINISTER TO GIVE THE PRIVILAGE FOR 50% ON RS.1000/= BUS P.(MONTHLY)
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    Devmadhukar
    Feb 18, 2016 at 11:10 am
    This is ridiculous that Tamil Nadu Government is giving almost all everything is free, previously they have given fans, stoves, mixer grinders etc, with this kind of gifts makes the person lazy when it comes to the work, also from where the government getting money to distribute all this. stop giving free things and make the people to work and earn everything. make things affordable to everyone by reducing the taxes, that is enough and provide the work.
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    T.K.DHIVAKARAN
    Feb 29, 2016 at 7:56 am
    What are thing demanding by people has to observed and take prompt action and spend the Govt.money is very well . so many people are expecting so many thing from the Govt.Kindly observe it and do the need full. Announcement on the eve of the birth day of the MC.it is not good. It is well and good if you are announcing Our MGR. Birth day.
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    Srinivasan Indumathi
    Sep 1, 2016 at 5:53 am
    but for this month when i went to saidapet bus stand, the person who was near the bus stand shouted at me telling that he is not responsible for my reasonable questions out of which i wish to have my bus tickets for 10 trips. the person is thinking too much of himself as if he is giving the same to elderly people out of his pocket. this kind of people should not be encouraged.
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