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Free bus travel for senior citizens in Chennai:CM Jayalalithaa

CHENNAI: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa today reported free transport (bus) go for senior residents in Chennai metropolitan region 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.

“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 added.

“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.

AIADMK leader Jayaram Jayalalitha greets the audience during her swearing-in-ceremony as the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu state in Chennai, India, Saturday, May 23, 2015. An appeals court acquitted the powerful politician in southern India of corruption charges earlier this month, clearing the way for her to return to public office. She was forced last year to step down as the highest elected official in Tamil Nadu after a Bangalore court in September convicted her of possessing wealth disproportionate to her income and sentenced her to four years in prison. (R. Senthil Kumar/ Press Trust of India via AP)
AIADMK leader Jayaram Jayalalitha

“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 remarked.

There is no due date to submit application forms and these can be introduced at the vehicle company transport bus stations whenever, she said.

Not long after she made the declaration, eight administrators, Transport Minister P Thangamani and Speaker Dhanapal commended and expressed gratitude toward her for the new activity.

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