New Indian Railway travel :concessions in passenger fare are introduced which ranges from 10% to 100%. Almost 53 categories of passengers and the element of concession range from 10% to 100%. As per the Minister of Railways and Commerce & Industry, The passengers, who are eligible to avail these concessions should be from any of these categories – physically challenged, patients, senior citizens, Izzat MST (Monthly Season Ticket). Senior Citizens of foreign nationals and Non-resident Indians (NRIs) have been excluded from the senior citizen category for the purpose of concession in passenger fare. No concession has been given in the newly introduced trains like Humsafar, Antyodaya, Gatimaan and Vande Bharat.

Concession being offered by Indian Railways to different categories of persons is mentioned in the table created below




CATEGORY OF PERSONS PERCENTAGE ELEMENT OF CONCESSION
Disabled passengers
Orthopaedically Handicapped/ Paraplegic persons along with an escort (cannot travel without escort) traveling for any purpose — 75% in 2nd class, SL, 1st class, 3AC, AC chair car— 50% in 1AC and 2 AC

— 25% in 3AC & AC Chair Car of Rajdhani/Shatabdi trains

— 50% in MST & QST

— One escort is also eligible for same element of concession

Blind persons traveling alone or with an escort for any purpose
Mentally retarded persons traveling with an escort for any purpose
Deaf & Dumb persons (both afflictions together in the same person) traveling alone or with an escort for any purpose. — 50% in 2nd class, SL, 1st class
— 50% in MST & QST
— One escort is also eligible for same element of concession
Patients
Cancer patients traveling alone or with an escort for treatment/periodic check-up. — 75% in 2nd class, 1st class, AC chair car— 100% in SL & 3AC

— 50% in 1AC & 2AC

— One escort eligible for same element of concession(except in SL and 3AC where escort gets 75%)

Thalassemia patients traveling alone or with an escort for treatment/periodic check-up — 75% in 2nd class, SL, 1st class, 3AC, AC chair car— 50% in 1AC & 2AC

— One escort is also eligible for same element of concession

Heart patients traveling alone or with an escort for heart surgery
Kidney patients traveling alone or with an escort for kidney transplant Operation/Dialysis
Haemophilia Patients – severe & moderate form of disease – traveling alone or with an escort for treatment/periodical check-up. — 75% in 2nd class, SL, 1st class, 3AC, AC chair car— One escort is also eligible for the same element of concession
T.B./Lupas Vulgaris patients traveling alone or with an escort for treatment/periodic check-up — 75% in 2nd class, SL, 1st class— One escort is also eligible for same element of concession
Non-infectious Leprosy patients – for treatment/periodic checkup.
AIDS patients – for treatment/check-up at nominated ART Centres — 50% in 2nd class— 50% in MST & QST

— One escort is also eligible for same element of concession

Ostomy patients – traveling for any purpose.
Patients suffering from Aplastic Anaemia traveling for treatment/periodical check-up to recognized hospitals by Mail/Express Trains. — 50% in basic fares of  SL, AC-2-tier, 3AC, AC chair car classes. 
Patients suffering from Sickle Cell Anaemia traveling for treatment/periodical check-up to recognized hospitals by Mail/Express Trains. — 50% in basic fares of  SL, AC-2-tier, 3AC, AC chair car classes. 
Senior Citizens
Men – 60 years and aboveWomen – 58 years and above

– traveling for any purpose.

— 40% in all classes— 50% in all classes

— Also in Rajdhani/ Shatabdi/ Duronto trains

Awardees
Recipients of Presidents Police Medal for Distinguished Service and Indian Police Award for Meritorious services, after the age of 60 – traveling for any purpose. — 50% for men— 60% for women

— In all classes and Rajdhani/ Shatabdi/Jan Shatabdi trains also

Shram Awardees – Industrial Workers awarded the Prime Minister’s Shram Award for Productivity and Innovation – traveling for any purpose. — 75% in 2nd and SL class
National Awardee Teachers – honored with National Award by the President of India for exemplary service in the field of education – traveling for any purpose. — 50% in 2nd and SL class
Either of parents accompanying the Child Recipients of National Bravery Award – traveling for any purpose. — 50% in 2nd and SL class
War Widows
War Widows – traveling for any purpose. — 75% in 2nd and SL class
Widows of Policemen and Paramilitary personnel killed in action against Terrorists and Extremists – traveling for any purpose. — 75% in 2nd and SL class
Widows of I.P.K.F. Personnel killed in action in Sri Lanka – traveling for any purpose. — 75% in 2nd and SL class
Widows of defense personnel killed in action against terrorists & extremists Extremists – traveling for any purpose. — 75% in 2nd and SL class
Widows of Martyrs of Operation Vijay in Kargil in 1999 traveling for any purpose. — 75% in 2nd and SL class
Students
Students going to hometown and educational tours : –— General Category –

— SC/ST Category –

— Girls up to Graduation and boys up to 12th standard (including students of Madrasa) between home & school (MST)

— 50% in 2nd and SL class
— 50% in MST and QST

— 75% in 2nd and SL class
— 75% in MST and QST

— Free second class MST

Students of Govt. schools in rural areas – for study tour – once a year. — 75% in 2nd class
Entrance exam – Girls of Govt. schools in rural areas for national level for medical, engineering, etc. entrance exam — 75% in 2nd class
Concession to students appearing in the main written examination conducted by UPSC & Central Staff Selection Commissions. — 50% in 2nd class
Foreign students studying in India – traveling to attend camps/seminars organized by Govt. of India and also visit to places of historical & other importance during vacations. — 50% in 2nd and SL class
Research scholars up to the age of 35 years – for journeys in connection with research work. — 50% in 2nd and SL class
Students and non-students participating in Work Camps — 25% in 2nd and SL class
Cadets and Marine Engineers apprentices undergoing Navigational/ Engineering training for Mercantile Marine – for travel between home and training ship. — 50% in 2nd and SL class
Youths
Youths attending National Integration Camps of:-(a) National Youth Project

(b) Manav Uththan Sewa Sami ti

— 50% in 2nd and SL class— 40% in 2nd and SL class<
Unemployed youths :(i) To attend an interview for a job in Public Sector Organisations (i.e. Central/ State Govt offices, Statutory Bodies, Municipal Corporation, Govt Under-taking, University or Public Sector Body.)

(ii) To attend interviews for jobs in Central & State Govt.

— 50% in 2nd and SL class— 100% in 2nd class
— 50% in SL class
Bharat Scouts & Guides – for scouting duty. — 50% in 2nd and SL class
Kisan
Kisan and Industrial Labourers – for visit to agricultural/industrial exhibitions. — 25% in 2nd and SL class
Kisan traveling by Govt. sponsored Special trains. — 33% in 2nd and SL class
Kisan & Milk Producers – visit National level Institutes for learning/raining better farming/ dairy — 50% in 2nd and SL class
Delegates for attending Annual Conferences of :
(i) Bharat Krishak Samaj and
(ii) Sarvodaya Samaj, Wardha.
— 50% in 2nd and SL class
Artists and Sports Persons
Artistes – for performance. — 75% in 2nd class, SL class— 50% in 1st & AC chair car, 3AC, 2AC

— 50% in of Rajdhani/Shatabdi/Jan Shatabdi AC Chair car, 3AC & 2AC trains

Film Technicians – Travelling for film production-related work — 75% in SL class— 50% in 1st & AC chair car, 3AC, 2AC

— Including Rajdhani/Shatabdi

Sportsmen participating in :
(i) All India and State tournaments(ii) National tournaments
— 75% in 2nd and SL class
— 50% in 1st class— 75% in 2nd, SL class
— 50% in 1st class
Persons taking part in Mountaineering Expeditions organized by IMF — 75% in 2nd and SL class
— 50% in 1st class
Press Correspondents accredited to Headquarters of Central & State Governments/Union Territories/ Districts – for press work.Spouse/Companion/Dependent children (up to 18 yrs) — 50% in all classes and in all-inclusive fares of Rajdhani/Shatabdi/Jan Shatabdi trains.— 50% concession twice every financial year.
Medical Professionals
Doctors Allopathic – traveling for any purpose. — 10% in all classes and Rajdhani/ Shatabdi/Jan Shatabdi trains
Nurses & Midwives – for leave and duty. — 25% in 2nd and SL class
Others (Conference, Camps, Tours, etc)
Delegates for attending Annual Conferences certain All India bodies of social/cultural/educational importance. — 25% in 2nd and SL class
Bharat Sewa Dal, Bangalore – for attending camps/meetings/rallies/ trekking programs. — 25% in 2nd and SL class
Volunteers of Service Civil International – for social service. — 25% in 2nd and SL class
Teachers of Primary, Secondary and Higher Secondary Schools – for educational tours. — 25% in 2nd and SL class
Members of St. John Ambulance Brigade and Relief Welfare Ambulance Corps, Calcutta – for ambulance camps/ competitions. — 25% in 2nd and SL class
Izzat MST
Izzat MST to persons with monthly income not exceeding 1500/-, working in unorganized sectors – for journeys up to a maximum of 100 Kms. — Rs. 25/-
Source: indianrail.gov.in

However, there are rules for availing concession for traveling in Indian Railways:

  • Indian Railways concession is applicable only on the basic fare and not on other charges like superfast surcharge, reservation fee, etc, Indian Railways said



  • In case of Rajdhani, Shatabdi or Jan Shatabdi trains the concession shall be admissible on the total charges (including catering fee) of these trains.
  • The concessions will be admissible subject to the minimum distance of 300 kilometers, except in the case of students, blind, orthopedically handicapped/paraplegic persons, TB and cancer patients
  • Only one type of concession is admissible at a time at the choice of passenger and no person is allowed two or more concessions simultaneously.

 

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