Senior Citizens no longer enjoy rail ticket concession; students, disabled persons unaffected

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New Delhi: The Indian Railways has withdrawn the travel ticket concession hitherto offered to senior citizens. Meanwhile, the Railways would continue to give travel concessions to disabled persons and students.

Though the trains resumed normal services in the country by discontinuing the special services introduced during the COVID-19 lockdown period, the train ticket concessions prevalent earlier were not restored.

The Railways said that it did not find it feasible to restore concessions on rail tickets that have been suspended since the pandemic.

Previously, Railways provided concessions in 54 categories. In view of Covid protocol, a concession to all categories of passengers (except 4 categories of Divyangjan, 11 categories of Patients and Students) were withdrawn in March 2020.

Senior citizens, medal-winning police officials, national award-winning teachers, widows whose spouses died in wars, farmers and artists going for exhibitions and sports persons going for national meets used to avail themselves of a minimum concession of 50 to 75 per cent in train fares.  

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