Senior Citizen Ticket Concession: Several organisations and committees have taken this decision after considering the discount being sought in rail fares. Railways has decided that no passenger will be exempted from payment of train fare except in exceptional cases.
Indian Railways: The Ministry of Railways had stopped the concession in fares for senior citizens during the Corona period. After that, there was a demand from various organizations to restore the concession in rent. The issue of rail fare waiver was also raised by opposition MPs in Parliament. But now the government has decided on this. According to the news published in Dainik Bhaskar, the concession given to the passengers in the rail fare will not be restored.
Decision after considering request
Many organisations and committees have taken this decision after considering the demand being made by the people, the report said. After this, it was decided by the Railways that except for some special cases, no passenger will be given a discount on the rail fare. The rationale behind not reinstating the rebate is that the subsidy in fares will continue as before. But it will not be possible to give additional discounts.
Tickets at Rs 55 for Rs 100
Recently, the Railway Minister had also said during an event that the railways is providing tickets of Rs 100 to passengers at Rs 55. He had said that the railways is already giving subsidised tickets. After this, it has become clear that the concession given before 2020 in other categories including senior citizens will not be started in the future as well. Before Corona, till March 2020, women above 58 years of age and men above 60 years of age were exempted from paying rent.
This concession was discontinued by the Railways from 2020. On this, parliamentary committees, different organizations and MPs had recommended to restore the exemption. However, it was decided by the Railways that passengers suffering from some serious diseases like cancer etc. will continue to get concession in fares. The railways said the number of trains will be increased in the coming days. For example, the elderly and women will get lower berths on priority basis without paying extra fare.