Finance Minister wants to lease e-vehicles – Times of India

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Finance Minister wants to lease e-vehicles – Times of India

NEW DELHI: The capital of the officials for hiring cars, while the finance ministry has asked all government departments to switch over from petrol and diesel to electric vehicles.

With a dwindling fleet of vehicles owned by it, the move will affect a large number of vehicles hired by government departments as leases come up for renewal. In recent years, to cut down on manpower and maintenance costs, government departments have opted to lease vehicles barring a few that ferry ministers and top-ranking officers. In addition, the demand for vehicles has steadily increased as too low-ranking officers have been given individual vehicles, a perk, which was earlier reserved for joint secretary and higher rank officers.

The move is in line with the government’s policy thrust of having 30% electricity vehicles on the road by 30% as it is seen to be friendly to the environment and has a lower operating cost, the expenditure department said in a note to the other government departments.

While North Block has issued the circular and also attached a revamped lease document, it has not given a deadline for a complete switchover with officers arguing that there are many challenges in implementing the proposal.

Energy Efficiency Services Ltd (EESL) has not fully taken off. In fact a second tender for vehicles like companies like Tata and

Mahindra

has not been issued as the first order

Apart from this, drivers complain of operational issues with the vehicles, which are usually assigned to junior officers.

Further, officers pointed out that the charging

infrastructure

is inappropriate

NITI Aayog

And just one point in the Udyog Bhawan and some other government offices Before cars are leased a network of chargers will have to put in place and the teething problems are removed.

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