Good news for class 12 students as Maharashtra government will give free bus passes to students across the state. It’s just not the class 12 students, the youth who are pursuing technical courses like ITI, will also be given a free pass.

According to Asian Age, the decision of free bus passes was announced by transport minister Diwakar Raote on Tuesday. In addition to this, Chief Minister, Devendra Fadnavis-led cabinet approved the proposal to extend the scope of the free bus concessions. Raote, in a press conference at Mantralaya, said that the new concessions include free ST passes to rural girls studying up to class 12 to give impetus to girl education.

Transport Minister Diwakar Raote also said that the decisions will benefit 2.18 crore people in the state. As per the Cabinet decision, senior citizens over 65 years of age can avail free travel in the “Shiv Shahi” air-conditioned buses though with riders. Accredited journalists will be entitled to the free travel by these buses. For accredited journalists, the 100 percent concession has been extended from non-AC, semi-luxury buses to the air-conditioned Shiv Shahi buses.