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Indian Railways has decided to grant 40% fare concession to transgender citizens aged 60 or above.
What Is It?
In lieu of the LGBTQ community that got a free pass in India last year, the Indian Railways are stepping up in welcoming the community by granting them a concession in railway passenger fare to Transgender (T) senior citizen aged 60 or above. The announcement was made by the Chief Public Relations Officer of the Central Railways, Sunil Udasi.
What’s In It?
The Ministry of Railway’s decision to grant 40 per cent of concession in fare to Transgender senior citizens aged 60 or above has come into effect from January 1, 2019.
Currently, the Indian Railways offers concessions on ticket prices to 53 different categories ranging from 10 per cent to 100 per cent. Students going to their hometown or educational tours can avail a concession of 50 per cent in second and sleeper class, students hailing from Scheduled Tribes can avail a concession of 75 per cent. Similarly, government schools in rural areas are offering a concession of 75 per cent in the second class to students for a study tour or an entrance examination.
Industrial labours and farmers who visit agricultural exhibitions can also avail a 25 per cent concession on second class and sleeper class tickets. Foreign students studying in India are also eligible for a 50 per cent concession in second and sleeper class.
Apart from these, senior citizens have an option of choosing between 100 per cent concession, 50 per cent concession and no concession when booking online.