ISLAMABAD: The Punjab government’s Yellow Cab Scheme is marred by mismanagement, said Dr Murtaza Mughal, President of the Pakistan Economy Watch.
The scheme envisaged distributing 2,500 vehicles every month, for eight months, to eliminate unemployment, but the plan has not been executed properly and thousands of cars are rusting at different showrooms across Punjab awaiting delivery, Mughal said.
Authorities recently announced that 5,000 applicants won the lucky draw, only to find out that 4,600 of those were based on fake documents, he said, adding that the verification process should have been completed before the balloting. The Punjab government is yet to decide to hold another draw or invite fresh applications, making it unlikely for them to distribute 20,000 vehicles by the deadline, Mughal said. Measures should be taken to avoid this scheme meeting the fate of Sasti Roti scheme, he said.
Published in The Express Tribune, December 19th, 2011.