IRCTC Fare Change: Concession To Resume For Senior Citizens?

IRCTC Fare Change: Concession To Resume For Senior Citizens?

Today’s IRCTC Latest News The Indian Railways stated that it had no imminent intentions to reinstate the concession and insisted that all passengers already received a 50–55 percent discount.

Today’s IRCTC Latest News For senior individuals who frequently ride trains, there is some good news to share. On Monday, a parliamentary standing committee suggested that the railroads resume the fare discount that they had been receiving before to the coronavirus pandemic.

Earlier, the Indian Railways used to offer a 40 per cent discount in fares to males aged 60 years or above and for females, a 50 per cent discount was given if the minimum age was 58 years.

These concessions in train tickets were granted to all classes of Mail/Express/Rajdhani/ Shatabdi/Duranto group of trains but were withdrawn on March 20, 2020.

The Standing Committee on Railways headed by BJP MP Radha Mohan Singh made the recommendation in its report on the demand for grants which was tabled in both Houses of Parliament on Monday. It had made the same recommendation in a previous report.

The Committee said that from the information furnished by the Railways, the Covid situation has now been normalised and the national transporter has achieved normal growth.

In their 12th Action Taken Report (17th Lok Sabha) on the Passenger Reservation System, the Committee expressed a desire for the pre-Covid senior citizen concessions to be reviewed and taken into consideration, at the very least in the Sleeper Class and 3A Class, so that the weak and genuinely in needy citizens could take advantage of the service in these classes.

The report stated, “Therefore, the Committee reiterates their earlier recommendation contained in their above-said report and urges the Railways to consider sympathetically for the resumption of fare concessions to senior citizens, particularly in Sleeper Class and 3A Class under notification to this Committee.

The Railways, however, said that it had no immediate plans to resume the concession. It maintained that already giving 50-55 per cent concession was being to all passengers.


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