RE The Punjab government has received 67,000 applications for the distribution of 20,000 yellow cabs among unemployed educated youth of the province, TheNation has learnt.
An official source told this scriber that scrutiny of applications is continuing and it is estimated that majority of the applicants are belong to matric standard. However, according to the source, the authorities are somehow satisfied about response though it was not as per the expectations of the government. It was informed that the government had been expecting more than 90,000 applications for the cabs.
Initially, Mian Shahbaz Sharifs led provincial government on poor response for cabs had extended the last date of submitting the application from July 31 to August 15, besides the provincial transport authorities had also relaxed the basis conditions for applicants.
We have collected about 67,000 applications across the province till the closing hours on August 15, rightly placed official told this scriber and added that it was a good response within the 15 day after extending last date on July 31.
The opposition is already criticising the Punjabs yellow cab scheme of worth Rs 10.5 billion and also predicting for its failure.
The Punjab government had announced the distribution of the cabs only among graduates. Later, the education standard lowered till intermediate and finally the government had further lowered the education limit from intermediate to matriculation standard, besides surrendering the condition from holding valid driving licence issued at least one year prior to applying for the cabs to the fresh one.