Indian Railway: Railways gave the good news to senior citizens! See what facilities will be available!
There is good news for the passengers traveling by train. Indian Railways may soon restore the senior citizens' concession, which was discontinued during the Corona pandemic. Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnav gave this information in the Rajya Sabha. He said that the Standing Committee has advised reviewing and considering relaxation in Sleeper and Third AC for senior citizens. A parliamentary committee has recommended that senior citizens should be given concessions on rail tickets.
The Railway Minister said in the Rajya Sabha on Friday that the Indian Railways has given a subsidy of Rs 59,837 crore on passenger tickets in 2019-20. There is an average discount of 53% per person traveling.
Rules can change
Railway Board said that there is a plan to give concessions to senior citizens. The idea is to reduce the cost of these concessions while retaining the subsidy for senior citizens. No terms and conditions have been decided yet.
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53 percent discount is being given
According to the information received from the Ministry of Railways, all the citizens traveling on trains get an average discount of 53 percent on the fare. Along with this, people with disabilities, students, and patients also get many types of discounts along with these discounts.
Which class will get an exemption?
In the Rajya Sabha, the Railway Minister was asked about the rail concession, and whether the Railways would again give concession on rail tickets. On this, Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnav said that in 2019-20, Railways has given a subsidy of Rs 59,837 crore on passenger tickets. Apart from this, the Standing Committee attached to the Parliament has suggested giving an exemption in railway tickets to senior citizens traveling in a sleeper and third AC.
670 crore subsidy waived
In response to another question by BJP MP Sushil Modi, Ashwini Vaishnav said that the revenue from a concession in passenger fares to senior citizens during 2017-18, 2018-19, and 2019-20 is about Rs 1,491 crore, Rs 1,636 crore Rs and 1,667 crore was Rs. In 2017-18, a subsidy of Rs 670 crore was waived off for senior citizens in non-AC class trains.
Rs 820 crore was spent for subsidy in AC class. In 2018-19, Rs 714 crore was spent on these concessions in non-AC class and Rs 921 crore in AC class. 701 crore discount for non-ac class in 2019-20. So this discount for AC class was Rs 965 crore.