Indian Railways offers concessions on tickets for people belonging to certain specified categories. The concession rates vary between 10% and 100%, and the list of categories includes differently-abled passengers, senior citizens, awardees,war widows, students, youth, farmers, and sports persons, among others.
Concession rates for the handicapped, blind, and mentally challenged individuals :-
Orthopaedically handicapped or paraplegic persons, blind individuals, and mentally-challenged, irrespective of the purpose of travel, are given 75% concession for travel in second class, sleeper class, first class, third AC, AC chair car.
The concession rate gets reduced to 50% for travel in 1AC and 2AC classes, and further to 25% for travel in 3AC and AC Chair Car of Rajdhani and Shatabdi trains.
Concession rates for the deaf and dumb
Deaf and dumb individuals (both afflictions together in the same person), traveling alone or with an escort for any purpose, are offered 50% concession in 2nd class, sleeper class and 1st class coaches of Indian Railways trains.
Concession rates for patients of Thalassemia, heart-disease, and kidney problems
Thalassemia patients traveling for treatment or periodic check-ups; heart patients traveling for surgery, and kidney patients traveling for kidney transplant operation or dialysis can avail 75% concession in second class, SL, 1st class, 3AC, and AC chair car.
For travel in 1AC and 2AC classes, the concession available for such individuals is 50%.
Concession rates for cancer patients
Cancer patients traveling for treatment or periodic check-ups are given 75% discount for travel in 2nd class, 1st class, AC chair car; 100% for SL and 3AC, and 50% for travel in 1AC and 2AC classes.
Concession rates for senior citizens
Separately, the Railways offers 40% concession in all classes, for all men aged 60 years and above.
Similarly, there is a provision of 50% concession for women aged 58 years or above, in all classes.
These discounts are valid irrespective of the purpose of travel.
In addition, these concessions are also applicable in luxury trains like Rajdhani, Shatabdi, and Duronto…..Read more>>