New Delhi: The central government is preparing to give concession in rail fares to senior citizens again. A parliamentary standing committee has suggested considering providing concessions to senior citizens in AC-3 and sleeper class fares of trains. The committee said the concessions introduced in various categories of senior citizens during the coronavirus pandemic about two-and-a-half years ago should be reviewed again.
This was mentioned by Radha Mohan Singh, who heads the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Railways, in a report tabled in Parliament recently. The committee has said that the Railways had discontinued the exemption given to senior citizens in various categories in view of the pandemic and Covid protocols. In this, women above 58 years of age were given a 50 per cent discount on rail fares and men above 60 years of age were given a 40 per cent discount.
The committee further said that since the Railways is now moving towards normalcy, they should prudently consider the concessions given in various categories. The committee wants to review the concession being given to senior citizens before the Corona epidemic and consider giving immediate exemption, at least in the sleeper, AC-3. Before the Corona epidemic, senior citizens were exempted by the Railways in 54 categories.