Mukhyamantri Gram Gadi Yojana 2023 Launched | 1 Crore People to Travel Free

On October 18, 2023, the Jharkhand Government finally launched the “Mukhyamantri Gram Gadi Yojana” to address the transportation challenges encountered by rural residents. This initiative aims to provide government-sponsored vehicles to areas where people have to cover long distances on foot to access transportation due to a lack of available vehicles. The Mukhyamantri Gram Gadi Yojana seeks to reduce the gap between villages and cities, ultimately saving people’s time and eliminating the need for long walks to catch transportation.

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This program is expected to offer significant benefits to the rural population, ensuring that more common people in rural areas can access reliable transportation. In this article, we are going to talk about the scheme in detail. We will learn more about the Mukhyamantri Gram Gadi Yojana, for that, please continue reading this article till the end.

What is Mukhyamantri Gram Gadi Yojana 2023?

The “Mukhyamantri Gram Gadi Yojana 2023” was launched by Chief Minister Hemant Soren on October 18, 2023,  in order to enhance the well-being of Jharkhand’s residents. This initiative, overseen by the Transport Department, aims to provide transportation services throughout the state, ensuring that people can travel conveniently and reach their destinations punctually.

Chief Minister Gram Gadi Yojana will streamline transportation from villages to block areas, district headquarters, and cities, making it more accessible for various individuals, including the underprivileged, farmers, laborers, and students, to access urban centers. 

People residing in remote areas of the state typically leave their homes early in the morning, embarking on difficult journeys to reach rural block or district headquarters. They cover distances of 20-25 kilometers on foot before reaching the main road, where they can access transportation.

Upon completing their work at the block or district headquarters, they often return home late at night. Recognizing the challenges faced by these individuals, the state government launched the ‘Mukhya Mantri Gramin Gadi Yojana.’ These discussions involve engaging with vehicle owners across all districts.

With the introduction of this program, people will no longer need to trek long distances or face challenges catching a train. It will simplify students’ commutes to schools and colleges, enable farmers to access markets, and help patients reach hospitals. Additionally, the scheme takes into consideration the interests of vehicle owners to safeguard the vehicles used in this initiative from damage.

Mukhyamantri Gram Gadi Yojana 2023 Key Highlights
Mukhyamantri Gram Gadi Yojana 2023 Launch DateOctober 20, 2023,
Mukhyamantri Gram Gadi Yojana 2023 Official WebsiteNot Yet Launched
Mukhyamantri Gram Gadi Yojana 2023 ObjectiveTo provide accessible transport to people in remote and inaccessible rural areas.
Mukhyamantri Gram Gadi Yojana 2023 Benefcairies Underprivileged, Farmers, Laborers, and Students, Women, Disabled individuals, Elderly people 
Mukhyamantri Gram Gadi Yojana 2023 Permit FeeRe 1 
Mukhyamantri Gram Gadi Yojana 2023-24 BudgetRs 24 Crore for the First Phase
Mukhyamantri Gram Gadi Yojana 2023 DepartmentTransport Department  
Mukhyamantri Gram Gadi Yojana 2023 Mximum Route Distance 125 KM (It was 70KM Earlier)
Mukhyamantri Gram Gadi Yojana 2023 No of Vehicles 250 in first phase
Mukhyamantri Gram Gadi Yojana 2023 tax exemption 7 to 42 seats
Mukhyamantri Gram Gadi Yojana 2023 Subsidy Rate50%

Mukhyamantri Gram Gadi Yojana Objective

  • The primary aim behind the initiation of the “Mukhyamantri Gram Gadi Yojana” by the Jharkhand Government is to simplify access to transportation in rural areas. 
  • This program is designed to ensure that individuals can easily avail of transportation services from their villages to block centers and from district headquarters to cities. 
  • The scheme is particularly intended to provide relief to economically disadvantaged individuals who currently have to commence their journeys early in the morning, walking from their homes to the main roads to catch passenger vehicles for commuting to cities or block headquarters, and then returning late at night after work. 
  • By offering the use of vehicles, this scheme aims to alleviate the hardships faced by these individuals.

Mukhyamantri Gram Gadi Yojana Advantages to Vehicle Owners

 The vehicle owners or the drivers who are going to drive on the designated route will also benefit from the scheme. The CM Gram Gadi Yojana 2023 extends its advantages to vehicle owners and drivers as well, who will receive a range of incentives and concessions from the government, such as:

  • Tax exemptions – Drivers included in the scheme will be granted an exemption from registration tax. 
  • Vehicle registration and road permits are available for a nominal fee of Rs 1
  • A subsidy of 50% or a maximum of Rs. 5 lakh when acquiring new buses through the scheme.
  • Preferential access to loans from banks and financial institutions for bus purchases.
  • Access to free training and skill development programs aimed at enhancing their driving and managerial abilities.
  • Insurance coverage for both their vehicles and passengers as part of the scheme.
  • A guaranteed monthly income of Rs. 15,000 is provided by the government for their bus operation.

This is a much-needed scheme for Jharkhand transportation which will not only benefit the people in need but also the vehicle owners and drivers. 

Mukhyamantri Gram Gadi Yojana in News | What’s New?

The Mukhyamantri Gram Gaadi Yojana will initially be effective for a period of five years. During the current financial year (2023-24), the operation of 250 vehicles under this scheme will incur a financial burden of Rs 24 crore on the department. 

Vehicle owners found involved in any irregularities in the operation of their vehicles will face legal action. Moreover, if a vehicle owner voluntarily surrenders the permit granted under this scheme, the Deputy Transport Commissioner cum Secretary of the Transport Authority will initiate legal proceedings against them.

The Transport Department has issued a resolution addressing this matter. It specifies that in the future, the Transport Department will handle any issues that may arise during the implementation of the Jharkhand Chief Minister Gram Gaadi Yojana, 2023. Apart from financial concerns, the Transport Department will also be responsible for issuing legal notifications on various other matters. According to the resolution, buses operating on rural routes will receive preferential treatment at government bus stands. This includes exemptions from road tax, halt fees, municipal corporation entry fees, and more.

Under the scheme, road tax exemptions will be granted for a maximum of five years from the issuance date of the first permit. The permit fee and application fee will be set at Re 1 each. If a vehicle operating on rural routes performs satisfactorily, the permit can be renewed for another five years or until the scheme’s implementation date, depending on whichever is earlier. Additionally, all specified subsidies will continue to be provided as before.

Mukhyamantri Gram Gadi Yojana Subsidy Amount 

This is the complete list of the subsidies that will be allocated to the buses in Jharkhand. It should be noted that this scheme is right now a flagship scheme and is sanctioned only for 5 years. 

Seating CapacitySubsidy (Rs per km)
33 to 42 seatsRs 18
25 to 32 seatsRs 14.50
13 to 25 seatsRs 10.50
7 to 12 seatsRs 7.50

Mukhyamantri Gram Gadi Yojana 2023 Benefits

The Chief Minister Rural Vehicle Scheme, introduced by Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren, offers a range of benefits:

  • Simplified Transportation: This scheme makes transportation more accessible, particularly benefiting widowed women, HIV-positive individuals, retired government employees, and senior citizens in the state.
  • Free Transportation: State residents will enjoy free transportation services.
  • Allocated Budget: The government has earmarked a budget of Rs 24 crore for the implementation of this scheme.
  • Education Support: Rural students in the state will receive free transportation for commuting to cities or blocks for higher education.
  • Road Tax Exemption: The scheme provides a 100% exemption on road tax for vehicles with 7 to 42 seats.
  • Interest Rate Rebate: Individuals seeking to purchase a vehicle with 4V or more power can benefit from a 5% interest rate rebate on their loans.
  • Special Support for Disabled Individuals: Those with disabilities of 50% or more will receive free transport services, and beneficiaries will only need to pay a token fee of Re 1 for road tax to drive the vehicle.
  • Vehicle Registration: Under the Mukhyamantri Gram Gadi Yojana, vehicle operators will have the opportunity to register their vehicles for a nominal fee of Re 1.

Mukhyamantri Gram Gadi Yojana 2023 Eligibile Beneficaires 

Citizens of the state will enjoy rent exemptions under the Mukhyamantri Gram Gadi Yojana. Individuals eligible to benefit from the Mukhyamantri Gram Gadi Yojana include:

  • Widowed Women
  • Senior Citizens
  • State Students aspiring to access quality education in block and sub-division areas
  • Farmers seeking to transport their produce to the market
  • Individuals relocating to cities in pursuit of better medical care
  • Disabled individuals with a disability level of 50% or higher
  • Acknowledged participants in Jharkhand agitations
  • Children residing in villages who need to travel to the city for their education.
  • Retired government employees.
  • HIV-positive individuals

Mukhyamantri Gram Gadi Yojana 2023 Eligibility Criteria for Vehicle Owners / Drivers

1. You must be a permanent resident of Jharkhand and hail from a rural area.

2. Your age should fall between 18 and 45 years.

3. You need to possess a valid driver’s license for the specific vehicle you wish to apply for, be it a four-wheeler or three-wheeler.

4. Registration with the Pradhan Mantri Shram Yogi Maan-Dhan Yojana (PMSYM), a pension scheme for unorganized workers, is a prerequisite.

5. You should not own any other vehicle or have an alternative source of income.

Mukhyamantri Gram Gadi Yojana Documents Required

The necessary documents for the Chief Minister Rural Vehicle Scheme include:

1. Aadhar card

2. Proof of address

3. Income certificate

4. Age certificate

5. Disability certificate

6. Widow certificate

7. Mobile number

8. Certificate of government employment status

9. Student ID card

10. Driver’s license

11. Certificate from a hospital for HIV-positive individuals

12. Passport-sized photographs

Mukhyamantri Gram Gadi Yojana Tax Exemption for Drivers

Drivers included in the scheme will be granted an exemption from registration tax. Furthermore, if a driver intends to purchase a vehicle worth Rs 20 Lakh, the government will offer a margin of Rs 4 lakh and an 80% loan. Additionally, there will be a 5% interest rebate on loans taken for a duration of 5 years. The interests of bus owners are also considered under the Mukhyamantri Gramin Gaadi Yojana to ensure the protection of vehicles participating in the program.

Mukhyamantri Gram Gadi Yojana  Vehicle Registration and Road Permits at Rupee 1

Under the Mukhyamantri Gram Gadi Yojana, registration and road permits will be issued for a mere Re 1, aimed at incentivizing drivers and boosting the movement of vehicles and buses between villages, cities, and district headquarters. This initiative intends to generate increased interest in vehicle registration and road permits, as the fees for these were previously quite high, with over 6-seater passenger vehicles incurring more than Rs 50,000 for registration and additional expenses for permits. The scheme is expected to encourage people to travel more frequently from villages to cities using trucks and buses.

Mukhyamantri Gram Gadi Yojana  How to Apply?

1. Visit your nearest DTO (District Transport Office) and request the application form for the scheme. Alternatively, you can download the form from the official website of the Jharkhand Transport Department.

2. Complete the form by providing your personal information, vehicle details, bank particulars, and other required details. Attach the necessary documents.

3. Submit the filled application form and supporting documents at the DTO office and obtain a receipt.

4. Await the verification and approval of your application.

5. Upon approval, you will receive a sanction letter and a subsidy voucher from the DTO.

6. Utilize the subsidy voucher to purchase the vehicle from an authorized dealer and commence your service.

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