KSRTC bus concession: Students facing hurdles to renew card

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Thiruvananthapuram: The complex procedures in renewing KSRTC bus concession have put students in a tough spot. KSRTC has declared that a student who applies to renew the concession card must obtain a certificate from the head of the institution declaring that he or she is continuing studies at the institution.

The students' travel concession card is issued by KSRTC for three months. When the card expires, the head of the institution must issue a certificate. In the semester system, students have to obtain a new card for each semester.

If the course is not completed within the mentioned period, students will not get concession card renewed. The head of the institution should issue a letter giving an explanation for the extension of the course period. Students who are studying for degree, post-graduate or technical courses are facing trouble in renewing the travel concession card.

Only a fee for card distribution is collected from the student.

At present, out of 5 lakh students who obtained travel concession card, the majority are having free rides on the buses. Only 15 percent of the ticket fare is collected from others.

KSRTC has been issuing concession cards to students in government, aided, self-financing and technical educational institutions. Students who are studying at private centres by paying lakhs as fee are also availing free journeys on KSRTC buses. KSRTC authority informed that strict rules are followed in issuing students travel concession cards with an aim to check misuse.

Concession card application to switch to online mode

KSRTC has taken action to receive the applications for the students’ bus concession through online platform. The virtual system will be implemented with the cooperation of the National Informatics Centre. But KSRTC didn’t take any measures to confirm the authenticity of the documents uploaded by the students.

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