The Indian Railways had suspended concessional fares for senior citizens travelling in trains in wake of the coronavirus pandemic, read why?
The Indian Railways after Covid pandemic happened, suspended concessional fares on travelling to senior citizens. Consequently, almost four crore senior citizens have been forced to pay full fare for their travel since the railways suspended their concessions due to the coronavirus outbreak in March 2020, an RTI has revealed.
In the case of senior citizens, while women are eligible for 50 per cent concession, men can avail 40 per cent in all classes. The minimum age limit for a woman is 58 and a man is 60.
During March 22, 2020 and September 2021, 37,850,668 senior citizens have undertaken journeys on trains. Train services remained suspended for several months due to the coronavirus-induced lockdown. The concessions, which were suspended from March 2020, have remained suspended to this day.
The railways, over the past ten days, have restored some of its services that it suspended in the wake of the coronavirus crisis. This includes the removal of the "special" tag from trains which brought down the prices of tickets and restarted the service of serving hot cooked meals. However, the decision on restoring concessions and providing bedrolls is still pending.