No senior citizens’ concession for foreigners on trains

Of the Rs 1400 crore cost that the public sector behemoth incurs on extending the benefit of concessional fares a whopping Rs 1200 crore is on account of senior citizens.

By: PTI | New Delhi | Published:October 3, 2016 7:35 pm
Indian Railway, senior citizens, foreign travelers, railways concession, indian rail concession, news, latest news, India news, national news Men aged above 60 years and women over 58 are considered senior citizens entitled to concessional fares. The rebate for men is 40 per cent and for women 50 per cent. (Representational image)

Foreigners travelling by trains will no longer be eligible for concessions meant for senior citizens, with the railways deciding to tighten the purse strings and restricting such rebates to Indian nationals permanently residing in the country. Though Indian Railway charges concessional fares with regard to people belonging to various categories including sportspersons, the differently abled, patients and eminent artistes among others, rebate extended to senior citizens has major financial implications for the national transporter.

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Of the Rs 1400 crore cost that the public sector behemoth incurs on extending the benefit of concessional fares to various classes of people every year, a whopping Rs 1200 crore is on account of senior citizens. According to an Indian Railway notification, senior citizens’ concession shall not be admissible to foreign nationals and NRIs with effect from September 29.

Men aged above 60 years and women over 58 are considered senior citizens entitled to concessional fares. The rebate for men is 40 per cent and for women 50 per cent.

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    chupawan
    Mar 30, 2017 at 7:24 am
    This is very embarring for foreign client they don't know about the senior citizen they will not get any concession in train. This information is not even mention in online tickets. You cannot book any ticket if you don't select the senior citizen option if the age is above 60 for Men and 58 for women. These service should be implemented on the online system. My client was travelling to Haridwar today so the TT charged a penalty of Rs 2500 to our client, which is very shameful this is happening in India. How the foreign tourist will trust to visit India, Mr Suresh Prabhu should do something about it. Any how since the day Mr Suresh Prabhu has become a Railway Minister nothing good is happening.
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