KSRTC stops concession for students whose parents pay income tax or draw pension

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The Kerala State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) has decided to not provide concessions to students whose parents have a taxable income or draw a government pension.

Students above 25 and those pursuing regular courses that are not bound by an age limit will not receive the students' concession on KSRTC buses hereafter.

The KSRTC used to provide free travel for students till plus-two and concession rates applied for all other students.

However, the KSRTC has said it is forced to discontinue concession and certain other benefits due to financial constraints.

"The corporation has a financial liability of Rs 966.31 from providing concessions and other benefits between 2016 and 2020," a KSRTC release said.

Discounted travel rates
Students in self-financing colleges and private unaided and recognised schools will not have regular concession benefits.

Instead, they will be given a 30% discount on the ticket. "The students will have to give 35% of the ticket rate, and the remaining 35% will be charged to the school management," the KSRTC said.

Who will get the existing concession?
Students in government/aided schools, special schools, and institutions of specially-abled and career-oriented courses will continue to get the existing concession.

Concession will also be given to students in government colleges/affiliated colleges and government/affiliated professional colleges provided their parents do not draw a taxable income.

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