The Ministry of Railways grant concessions to persons such as senior citizens, certain categories of disabled persons and patients, students, artists, press correspondents, doctors, police awardees, sports persons, National awardee teachers, war widows, etc.
During the year 2009-10 the monetary value of concessions granted to various categories of passengers was approximately following concessions have been announced:
ØFree MST (Monthly Season Ticket) to Girl Students extended from 12th to Graduation and to boy students from 10th to 12th standard.
ØElement of concession to women senior citizens increased from 30 per cent to 50 per cent.
ØAIDS patients granted 50 per cent concession in second class for treatment in nominated
ART (Anti-retroviral Therapy) Centres.
ØFree MST extended to Madrasa, High Madrasa and Senior Madrasa.
Ø60 per cent concession in MST in Kolkata Metro to students attending schools/Madrasa/recognized vocational institutions up to classes academically equivalent to class XII.
ØIzzat Monthly season ticket priced at Rs. 25 introduced for the members of unorganized
sector with monthly income not exceeding Rs. 1500/- for travel up to 100 km.
Ø50 per cent concession to Artists is extended in AC Chair Car, AC 3-tier and AC 2-tier
of Mail/Express and Rajdhani/Shatabdi/Jan Shatabdi trains.
ØConcession enhanced from 30 per cent to 50 per cent for men and to 60 per cent for women police personnel of 60 years and above who have received President’s Police Medal and Indian Police Medal.
ØConcession enhanced to 50 per cent for press correspondents in Rajdhani/Shatabdi/Jan Shatabdi trains. Concession extended to spouse also once a year.
ØConcession to cancer patients enhanced to 100 per cent in SL an 3-AC classes.
Ø75 per cent concession in SL and 50 per cent in 1st class, AC-CC, 3-AC and 2-AC including Rajdhani/Shatabdi trains to Film Technicians of regional and Hindi Film Industry, when traveling from film production related work.
ØConcession as applicable in case of spouse of press correspondents extended to their dependent children and companion also.
The steps taken by the Railways to increase traffic earnings include introduction of new trains, running of special trains, increasing the composition of trains, initiatives under the freight business segment, additional leasing of parcel space, commercial publicity, commercial utilization of air-space and land not immediately required for operational use, etc.
This information was given by the Minister of State for Railways, Shri K.H. Muniyappa in a written reply in Lok Sabha today.
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