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Inadequate staff at transport department

NAMAKKAL: State Government will create new posts and fill up existing vacancies in the transport department to ensure effective functioning, Transport Minister K.N. Nehru has said.

At the inauguration of new building for Regional Transport Office (RTO) here on Monday, he said that the State had more than 97 lakh vehicles. About 5,000 new vehicles were being registered every day.

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As the department had personnel to monitor only about 35 lakh vehicles, it required new posts. Steps were also initiated to fill up vacancies in the department within six months.

The Chief Minister had assured to allot funds in the coming budget for purchasing 3,000 more buses. In the last eight months, the department created about 500 new routes. More than 1.77 crore people travelled in the government buses every day.

Despite loss, the department continued to operate buses to the rural areas. Of the 113 offices of the department, only 26 functioned in own buildingsin the State, the Minister said.

Agriculture Minister Veerapandi S. Arumugam inaugurated the new RTO building constructed at a cost of Rs. 1.25 crore.

He asked the officials to cooperate with the government for implementing development schemes. He also distributed welfare assistance worth Rs. 3 crore to 12,262 beneficiaries under various schemes.

The assistance included free bicycles worth Rs. 2.15 crore to 10,244 students. Deputy Speaker of State Assembly V.P. Duraisamy spoke. Collector G. Sundaramurthi presided. Superintendent of Police Deepak M. Damor; Deputy Transport Commissioner Velumani; and senior officials were present.

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