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Railway Concessions Still Suspended, Almost 4 Crore Elderly Forced To Travel On Full Fare Since Mar 20

News Desk, Amar Ujala, New Delhi

Published by: Surendra Joshi
Updated Sun, 21 Nov 2021 06:33 PM IST

Summary

In March 2020, after the outbreak of the Korana epidemic in the country, the Railways had postponed the exemption in rail fares to the elderly.

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Since the Corona epidemic and the lockdown, the concession in fare to the elderly above 60 years of age in trains has stopped. Even after the end of the lockdown and the resumption of train services, this exemption has not been restored yet.

Due to non-availability of fare exemption, about 4 crore elderly people have been forced to pay the full fare for traveling in trains. In March 2020, after the outbreak of the Korana epidemic in the country, the Railways had postponed the exemption in rail fares to the elderly.

In response to an RTI application filed by Chandrashekhar Gaur of Madhya Pradesh, the Railways said that between March 22, 2020 and September 2021, 37,850,668 elderly people traveled in trains and did not get any concession in fare. Train services were suspended for several months due to the lockdown. The concession in rent to the elderly, which has been closed since March 2020, is closed till date.

The elderly get so much discount
Railway has been providing concession in fare to senior citizens or elderly people. Women who are 58 years of age and above are given 50 per cent concession in all categories of fares, while those aged 60 years and above get up to 40 per cent discount.

Recommendation to end the concession being made for two decades
Concessions given by Railways have been a hot topic of discussion for more than two decades. Several committees have recommended their abolition. Due to this, in July 2016, the Railways had made it voluntary. Now the passenger has to choose this option while booking the ticket. After this, in July 2017, the Railways also gave the option of partially or completely forgoing the exemption or concession given to the elderly under the ‘Give It Up’ scheme.

Expansion

Since the Corona epidemic and the lockdown, the concession in fare to the elderly above 60 years of age in trains has stopped. Even after the end of the lockdown and the resumption of train services, this exemption has not been restored yet.

Due to non-availability of fare exemption, about 4 crore elderly people have been forced to pay the full fare for traveling in trains. In March 2020, after the outbreak of the Korana epidemic in the country, the Railways had postponed the exemption in rail fares to the elderly.

In response to an RTI application filed by Chandrashekhar Gaur of Madhya Pradesh, the Railways said that between March 22, 2020 and September 2021, 37,850,668 elderly people traveled in trains and did not get any concession in fare. Train services were suspended for several months due to the lockdown. The concession in rent to the elderly, which has been closed since March 2020, is closed till date.

The elderly get so much discount

Railway has been providing concession in fare to senior citizens or elderly people. Women who are 58 years of age and above are given 50 per cent concession in all categories of fares, while those aged 60 years and above get up to 40 per cent discount.

Recommendation to end the concession being made for two decades

Concessions given by Railways have been a hot topic of discussion for more than two decades. Several committees have recommended their abolition. Due to this, in July 2016, the Railways had made it voluntary. Now the passenger has to choose this option while booking the ticket. After this, in July 2017, the Railways also gave the option of partially or completely forgoing the exemption or concession given to the elderly under the ‘Give It Up’ scheme.

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