Biju Gaon Gadi Yojana
The Hon’ble Chief Minister of Odisha, Shree Naveen Patnaik has launched the Biju Gaon Gadi Yojana (BGGY) in February 2014. This scheme was launched to develop the transport systems in the rural villages and get them connected to the cities. There are many villages in Odisha that do not have proper roads. And some which have roads, have no means of transportation. People living in those regions, mostly backward classes and tribes do not have a proper public transportation facility. There are no buses running in those areas. People have to depend on private commercial vehicles like trucks to come to the city. So Govt. of Odisha has taken this major step and launched this program called Biju Gaon Gadi Yojana under which several bus routes will be formed and Govt. buses will run on them.
As per Govt. sources, at first work will start in twelve districts of the state where the road and transport facility is poorer. After successful completion of the project in these backward districts, the Biju Gaon Gadi Yojana will be spread in the entire state of Odisha. The plan is to get implementation of this scheme in 118 backward blocks initially and then spreading it later. These 118 identified blocks belong to those twelve backward districts of the state. All total 1180 bus routes will be formed under this scheme. Buses will run at regular interval, every day in these routes and connect them to the cities and other parts of Odisha.
The Biju Gaon Gadi Yojana will not only bring transportation betterment in these backward districts, but also they will social and economic transformation of the people living in the remote areas. The students will be able to go to schools easily and get access to better educational facilities. The youths can go out to the cities and this will create job opportunities. The farmers and other businessmen of the remote areas will be able to do better business as transportation is the lifeline of any business. As these rural villages do not have proper medical treatment facilities, they will now be able to get access to better medical facilities. Near around 80 lakh people living in these rural villages will get benefited with this Biju Gaon Gadi Yojana. Most of the people are tribals and belong to backward communities.
The Govt. has decided not to take any kind of road tax or even the tax for route permits. Buses will run on those routes under Biju Gaon Gadi Yojana without any tax. Those entrepreneurs who want to run their buses under this scheme would be given special subsidy on interest rates while purchasing buses. As per sources in the Ministry of Transportation, the subsidy given to the entrepreneurs will be 5 per cent. On its first day itself, the Chief Minister started the scheme from the Koraput District of Odisha. The first bus under Biju Gaon Gadi Yojana started its journey from the Koraput Bus Depot. After completion of the project in these districts, the scheme will get implemented in the remaining other districts too.