Haryana Transport minister Krishan Lal Panwar on Monday announced free bus rides for girl school students in the state, while putting in a stern word for drivers and conductors, who misbehave with the students or not allow them to board the vehicles.

The drivers or conductors of Haryana Roadways buses will not misbehave with girl students or prevent them from boarding the buses during to and fro journey to schools, he said.

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Free travel facility has also been extended to girl students on the state roadways buses, he said.

The order came in the wake of complaints by some girl students of Khandra village, who alleged that a bus driver did not halt the bus to allow them to board it.

Acting swiftly on the complaint, the Transport Minister rang up the General Manager, Haryana Roadways, and directed him to warn the driver and conductor of the bus that "such misbehaviour would not be tolerated in the future."

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He said the order was issued as per the directions of Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar.

Instructions have been issued to the officials of the Transport Department to behave properly with women and senior citizens, Mr Panwar added.

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