Bengaluru: An unusual sight has been witnessed in the capital city as conductors on BMTC buses have been noticed willingly handing out free tickets to passengers, a practice that has raised concerns among commuters. The incident came to light when a group of female travelers questioned the conductors, asking why they were freely distributing tickets.
The Passenger’s Perspective
On the evening of the 15th, passengers traveling on the BMTC bus route from Majestic to Thavarakeri noticed conductors casually giving away tickets. The passengers grew suspicious and inquired about the reason behind this generosity. According to some passengers, conductors have started issuing more free tickets as it allows them to meet the increased incentive targets.
Suspicions and Allegations
Passengers have accused conductors of intentionally misreporting the number of female travelers to the authorities. By inflating the count of women passengers, they can justify distributing more free tickets, hence ensuring they meet their incentive quotas.
The state government has implemented the Shakti scheme, providing free rides to women on government buses. However, allegations have arisen that conductors are manipulating the number of female passengers to maximize the free tickets distributed. This has led to concerns regarding accountability and transparency in ticket distribution.
The state government has taken note of these allegations and is investigating the matter. They are committed to ensuring that the Shakti scheme benefits all eligible female passengers without any mismanagement. Authorities are examining the ticket counts provided by conductors to determine if they are accurately reflecting the number of female commuters.
As this investigation unfolds, concerns about the integrity of public transportation services persist. Passengers hope that this scrutiny will result in a fair and transparent system for the distribution of free tickets under the Shakti scheme.