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Elderly can get rebate in rail fare, age limit will change

Indian Railways Concession Fare Inquiry: One-time relaxation in rail fares is being considered by the Ministry of Railways. Discussions are going on to give exemption to the elderly in rail fare. Let us tell you that in the Corona era, senior citizens were given concession from the age limit, but it has been stopped. After the outbreak of Corona, when the train service is back on track, this facility has not been restored, due to which every section is angry.

Rs 2,000 crore burden
In the last two decades, there have been discussions about the railway concession, which has been recommended by many committees to be withdrawn. In July 2016, the railways made concessions optional for the elderly. In this, due to more than 50 types of concessions to many types of passengers, the railways have to bear a financial burden of about Rs 2,000 crore every year. The concession given to senior citizens is about 80 percent of the total exemption.

what did the railway minister say
Indian Railways had tried to encourage people to give up the senior citizen concession, but it did not succeed. Last week, Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnav, in response to a question in Parliament, said that the cost of giving concessions is heavy on the Railways. He said that in view of various challenges, it is not desirable to increase the scope of concessions to all categories of passengers including senior citizens.

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age limit will change
According to railway sources, this relaxation can be only for General and Sleeper Classes. Also, the age limit may also change. The facility of rebate in fare can be provided to people above 70 years of age. Earlier this facility was available to women of 58 years and men of 60 years. The Railway Board is contemplating to change the age criteria for senior citizens’ concession and make it available only to people above 70 years of age. This will limit the burden of the Railways.

Premium Tatkal will be available in all trains
Railway is planning to start premium Tatkal scheme in all trains. This will also give revenue benefit to the Railways, which can be useful in bearing the burden of concessions. This scheme is currently applicable in about 80 trains. Premium Tatkal scheme introduced by Railways is a quota which reserves certain seats with dynamic fare pricing. This quota is for the convenience of last-minute travel planners who are willing to spend a little extra.


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