Ban On Train Concessions: Railways Won’t Restore Concessions For Train Tickets
Pandemic hit all of us. It did not spare anyone in the world. From individuals to corporates to governments all over the world have been affected by it. It affected the pockets of all institutions in the world. So much drastic its effect has been, how can we expect our beloved Railways to not be affected by it?
Concessions offered by Railways
Based on different criteria, railways offer 51 different types of concessions to people. This includes senior citizens who enjoy up to 50 percent rebate on tickets of all trains. Along with that teachers, war widows, awardees, artists, sportspersons, farmers, medical professionals, and youths, are among the beneficiaries of these concessions.
As the pandemic was unfolding during the initial days of March 2020, the Ministry had stopped the concessions in order to dis-incentivize people from traveling. It had also the additional purpose of saving the buck during the troubled days of lockdown.
No proposal to restore concessions, says minister
When the question was asked in Rajya Sabha, the Minister of Railways, Ashwini Vaishnaw responded in written format.
“In view of the pandemic and Covid protocol, concession to all categories of passengers (except four categories of Divyangjan, 11 categories of patients and students) have been withdrawn from March 20, 2020, till further advice. At present, there is no proposal to restore the concessions,” the minister responded.
So, when the concessions will be restored, only time will tell.