RAAHI Scheme 2022: Scheme Details, & Check How to Get Subsidy on E-Autos

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Amritsar Smart City Limited (ASCL) will soon begin the RAAHI (Holistic Intervention for Auto-Rickshaw Rejuvenation in Amritsar) project for which a cash subsidy of Rs 75,000 will be provided. This scheme aims to replace the old diesel auto with an e-auto to improve the city’s public transportation and reduce pollution levels.

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About RAAHI Scheme 2022

Amritsar Smart City CEO and Municipal Commissioner Malwinder Singh Jaggi announced the subsidy under the RAAHI project here on Wednesday. He told that under the RAAHI scheme, there is a plan to replace around 12,000 obsolete diesel autos in the city with modern and eco-friendly e-autos. Each beneficiary would receive a cash subsidy of Rs 75,000 as compensation.

RAAHI Scheme

Amritsar Smart City has been working on the RAAHI project for a long time under the CITIIS (City Investment to Innovate, Integrate, and Sustain) program. The scheme is run by the Union Ministry of Housing and Urban Development, the French Development Agency (AFD), the European Union, and the National Institute of Urban Affairs (NIUA).

Aside from that, Amritsar Smart City Limited has partnered with the State Bank of India to offer low-interest loans to e-car owners. The loan will also be provided by the State Bank at a rate of 9.9%. He stated that Amritsar will be the first city in the country to integrate e-autos into the public transportation system on a major scale and that the government would provide a significant subsidy for the purchase of e-autos. Aside from that, the RAAHI initiative plans to establish e-vehicle charging stations and programs to benefit auto-rickshaw drivers.

Overview of the Scheme

Name of the SchemeRAAHI Scheme
Launched ByAmritsar Government
AimSwap Diesel Autos for E-Autos
Run ByUnion Ministry of Housing and Urban Development, AFD, European Union, & NIUA
BenefittedAuto-Rickshaw Drivers
Official WebsiteYet to Revealed

Benefits of the RAAHI Scheme

“Rickshaw drivers’ earnings would grow following the adoption of e-autos,” stated Malwinder Singh Jaggi, CEO of Amritsar Smart City. The present cost of driving a diesel auto has risen to more than Rs 4 per km, whereas the e-auto costs only 0.68 paise/Km. At the same time, the use of electric vehicles will reduce air and noise pollution. Amritsar Smart City has already begun to empower OEMs of electric vehicles, and the initiative will begin before Diwali.”

In addition, vehicle drivers want an increase in the subsidy. The government has increased the subsidy and will now offer it upfront, taking everything into account. According to the State Bank of India, the government had chosen other banks to participate in the plan. Canara Bank, Indian Bank, Union Bank, HDFC Bank, and Punjab Gramin Bank have all filed bids.

Required Documents

According to the CEO, to benefit from the RAAHI scheme, the prospective driver must be a member of the Amritsar Auto-Rickshaw Drivers Cooperative Society. And, they should have the following documents.

  • Aadhaar card
  • Voter card
  • Old vehicle registration certificate
  • Driving license
  • Society membership slip

With these documents, the driver can make an application at a Mahindra or Piaggio dealership that has been authorized. He stated that the RAAHI plan will increase drivers’ incomes while also helping to clean up the city’s environment, as the operational cost of a diesel car is around Rs 4 to 5 per km, but an electric vehicle is only 0.68 pence.

The initiative also provides free skill development training to female family members of auto-rickshaw drivers. The All-India Women’s Conference branch near the bus stop provides lessons in sewing, tailoring, beauty salon, computer operation, and food and fruit preservation.

How to Apply for the RAAHI Scheme

That’s all about the RAAHI scheme. And, the application process is not revealed yet. So, we have to wait for an official statement. Stay tuned with us for further updates. As any information comes, we will update you. The initiative also provides free skill development training to female relatives of auto-rickshaw drivers.

Till then, stay tuned. Please share this article to make others aware of it. You can share your thoughts in the comments below. Also, feel free to ask your queries in the comment section.

Frequently Asked Questions

1) What is RAAHI Scheme?

RAAHI scheme offers subsidies to auto-rikshaw drivers for replacing diesel autos with electric autos. It is launched by Amritsar Government.

2) Who will be benefitted from this Scheme?

Auto-Rickshaw Drivers will be benefitted from this scheme by replacing their diesel autos with E-autos.

3) What amount will be given to the drivers?

The Amritsar Government offer up to 1.25lac subsidy to the rickshaw drivers for replacement of diesel auto with E-auto.

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