Lahore : The Chief Minister’s Strategic Reforms Unit has launched its much awaited program by the name of ‘Women on Wheels: Motorbike Subsidy Scheme’, as Phase 2 of its Women-on-Wheels project.
The campaign has been launched in collaboration with the Transport Department and Bank of Punjab.
The campaign aims to provide women in Punjab, more than 3000 customized motorbikes at subsidized rates through a 100% transparent balloting process.
Candidates can apply for the campaign starting from today, 22nd January 2018 until the deadline of 25th February 2018. In this regard Salman Sufi, Director General, Strategic Reforms Unit, stated that the campaign is solely geared towards the Punjab Chief Minister’s promise to deliver women’s empowerment, to serve as a powerful counter narrative at a time when bigotry and attacks on women have dominated headlines in the country.
SRU (Strategic Reforms Unit) introduced the Women-on-Wheels initiative in collaboration with the respective City Traffic Police and District Governments in November 2015 to empower women through provision of free motorcycle trainings.
The campaign has been launched in Lahore, Multan, Faisalabad, Rawalpindi and Sargodha where it has trained over 3000 women and continues to train further candidates.
To avail subsidized motorbikes, eligible women must be between the age of 18-40, must possess a valid learner’s license or actual license.
All relevant documentation including Passport sized photograph, Valid CNIC, Punjab Domicile Certificate, Secondary School/Matriculation Certificate, and in case of Student, an Affidavit stating that Maximum income does not exceed Rs. 30,000 along with Rs. 3000 nonrefundable application fee needs to be submitted to BoP (Bank of Punjab) branches.
The Government of the Punjab will be providing equity subsidy of Rs. 24,975 and 100% Markup on the motorbike. The Applicant will make Down Payment worth of Rs. 27,000 and payment in 12 easy installments of Rs. 1,856 monthly. Women interested in availing the trainings can visit any of SRU & Punjab Traffic Police training centres.
Ultimate aim of the WoW campaign is to promote mobility of women in Punjab and empower them to be independent individuals who can participate in decision making processes on their own and exercise their agency freely.