PMPML ticket for ex-servicemen’s SHGs to board bus to financial independence
In a bid to give financial support to the widows of defence personnel and ex-servicemen, the Pune Mahanagar Parivahan Mahamandal Limited (PMPML) has started a social venture with the Department of ex-servicemen’s welfare, Government of India.
Forty CNG buses will be hired by a firm formed by 40 self help groups (SHGs) under the name ‘Vishwayodha’.
“We are already hiring several CNG buses from different contractors as of now. We got this proposal from the ex-servicemen’s welfare department that they can provide us 40 CNG buses from 40 different SHGs to give them financial support. We immediately gave it the green signal. A formal MoU was signed between both parties. We hire buses at Rs 61 per km rate, but these 40 CNG buses we are getting at Rs 57.7 per km, so its beneficial for us. All the operations, maintenance and service will be given by the SHG-formed firm, except for the conductors,” said PMPML chairman and managing director Nayana Gunde.