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Details of major concessions granted to different categories of persons on Indian Railways

Details of major concessions granted to different categories of persons on Indian Railways

GENERAL RULES FOR CONCESSION 

The detailed rules, procedures, entitlement, purposes, etc for grant of concession are contained under different serial numbers in IRCA Coaching Tariff, Part I (Vol. II) which can be purchased from the General Secretary, I.R.C.A., Chelmsford Road, New Delhi. For any complaints or clarifications, the General Manager or the Chief Commercial Superintendent of the concerned Zonal Railway Administration should be approached. The important general rules for concession, in reference to the above mentioned Tariff, are as under: 

1. (a) All concessional fares shall be calculated on the basis of fares for Mail/Express trains irrespective of the type of train, i.e. Mail or Express or Passenger, by which the passenger travels. 

(b) Concession shall not be granted for any journey the cost of which is borne by the Central or State Government or a local authority or a Statutory body or a Corporation or a Government Undertaking or a University. However, the students participating in the tournaments held or recognized by the schools or universities will be eligible to the concession. 

(c) Concession shall be admissible only in respect of basic fares. No concession is admissible in respect of other charges, viz. super fast surcharge, reservation fee, etc. However, in cases where concession has been allowed in Rajdhani/Shatabdi/Jan Shatabdi trains, the concession shall be admissible in the total charges (including catering) of these trains. Ministry of Railways have decided that “concession wherever admissible and child fare in the case of rajdhani/shatabdi/jan shatabdi/duronto express trains may be granted only in the basic fare like other mail/express trains and all other charges (catering charges, reservation charges, supplementary charges like superfast surcharge, enhanced reservation charges, taxes (if any) shall be collected in full”

these changes will come into force for tickets purchased for the journey from 01-04-2013. (vide railway board circular no.tcii/2941/11/policy dated 26.10.2012)

(d) The concessions will be admissible subject to the minimum distance of 300 Kms, except in the case of students, blind, orthopaedically handicapped/paraplegic persons, TB and Cancer patients, Kidney patients, non-infectious leprosy patients, mentally retarded persons, thalassamia major disease patients, Heart, Hemophilia Patients, War Widows, Widows of IPKF, Widows of martyrs of operation Vijay 1999 (Kargil), Widows of defence personnel killed in action against terrorists & extremists, National Awardee Teachers, Shram Awardee Industrial Workers, Widows of Policemen killed in action against terrorists & extremists, Senior Citizens, Allopathic Doctors, parents accompanying the National Bravery Awardee child, Police Medal Awardees, Dronacharya Awardees coaches, sportsmen, Unemployed Youths for attending interviews for jobs, and their escorts, wherever admissible under the rules, in whose case the above mentioned distance restriction will not apply. However, the distance restrictions otherwise applicable to general public for travel in each individual train will apply for issue of concessional tickets also. 

2. 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. 

3. (a) Break of journey en-route shall not be allowed on a concession ticket for a journey for a specific purpose viz. a student traveling to/from an examination Centre, a Cancer patient traveling to/from a hospital, a professor traveling to/from a Conference, etc. It is allowed only where a break of journey is a natural event. 

(b) Passengers breaking their journey are required to have their ticket endorsed from the Station Master where journey is broken. 

(c) Passengers terminating journey en route, must surrender their ticket at the station where the journey is terminated. Refund for the untravelled portion on such tickets will not be allowed. 

4. Except Senior Citizens, concession on Indian Railway will be admissible on production of the requisite certificate from the concerned Person/Organization in India and the documents issued by persons/organizations in other countries shall not be valid for the purpose of concession. 

5. In the case of Senior citizens, no proof of age is required at the time of purchasing tickets. Concession tickets are issued on demand made through the option in reservation form. However, they are required to carry some documentary proof showing their age or date of birth and produce it if demanded by some Railway Official during the journey. Any document issued by any Government Institution/ Agency/Local Body, like Identity Card, Ration Card, Driving Licence, Pass Port, Educational certificate, certificate from Panchayat/Corporation/ Municipality, or any other authentic & recognized document, is acceptable for this purpose. The Pass Port issued by foreign countries is also valid. 

6. The holder of a concession ticket is not permitted to change the ticket to a higher class even by paying the difference of actual fares. However, the categories of persons eligible for concession in first class (and not in AC 2-tier) can purchase tickets for AC 2-tier sleeper also on payment of the first class concessional fare plus difference of actual fares of AC 2-tier sleeper & first class. 

7. Save as otherwise specifically provided, concession is not admissible in season tickets, circular journey tickets and prestigious trains like Rajdhani Express, Shatabdi Express, etc. which have separate all inclusive fare structure. Concession is admissible to any one in Garib Rath Express trains. 

8. In case where concessional Single/Return Journey Tickets or Season tickets or Circular journey tickets are to be issued for two or more persons, the concessional fare shall be calculated separately for each person. 

9. All the concessions are to be granted across the counters at Stations/ Reservation Offices/Booking Offices only. If some person enters the train without ticket or without proper ticket or extends journey on concession ticket or changes the concession to higher class, etc., he shall not be granted any concession in train, even if he is otherwise eligible for it under the rules.

The details of major concessions granted to different categories of persons on Indian Railways alongwith class and element of concession is given below:

S. No.
CATEGORY OF PERSONS
PERCENTAGE OF CONCESSION*
I Disabled Passengers
1Orthopaedically Handicapped/ Paraplegic persons who cannot travel without escort – for any purpose 75% in Second, Sleeper, First Class, AC-3 tier, AC Chair Car.
50% in First AC and AC-2 tier.
25% in AC-3 tier & AC Chair Car of Rajdhani/Shatabdi trains.
50% in First and Second class Monthly season ticket & Quarterly season ticket.

One escort is also eligible for same element of concession
2 Mentally retarded persons who cannot travel without escort - for any purpose
3 Blind persons travelling alone or with an escort - for any purpose
4Deaf & Dumb persons (both afflictions together in the same person) travelling alone or with an escort - for any purpose. 50% in Second, Sleeper and First Class.
50% in First and Second class Monthly season ticket & Quarterly season ticket.
One escort is also eligible for same element of concession.
II Patients
5 Cancer patients travelling alone or with an escort for treatment/periodic check-up. 75% in Second, First class & AC chair car 100% in Sleeper & AC-3 tier 50% in First AC & AC-2 tier. one escort eligible for same element of concession (except in Sleeper & AC-3 tier where escort gets 75%).
6 Thalassemia patients travelling alone or with escort for treatment/periodic check-up 75% in Second, Sleeper, First Class, AC-3 tier, AC chair Car. 
50% in First AC and AC-2 tier.
One escort is also eligible for same element of concession.
7Heart patients travelling alone or with an escort for heart surgery
8Kidney patients travelling alone or with an escort for kidney transplant Operation/Dialysis
9 Haemophilia Patients – severe & moderate form of disease - travelling alone or with an escort for treatment/periodical check up. 75% in Second, Sleeper, First Class, AC-3 tier, AC Chair Car.
One escort is also eligible for same element of concession. ?
10Tuberculosis./Lupas Valgaris patients travelling alone or with anescort for treatment/periodical check-up 75% in Second, Sleeper and First Class.
One escort is also eligible for same element of concession.
11 Non-infectious Leprosy patients - for treatment/periodical check-up. 75% in Second, Sleeper and First Class.
12AIDS patients - for treatment /check-up at nominated ART Centres. 50% in second Class.
13Ostomy patients - travelling for anypurpose. 50% in First and Second class Monthly season ticket & Quarterly season ticket.
14Sickle cell Anaemia patients- fortreatment/periodical check-up 50% in Sleeper, AC Chair car, AC 3-tier and AC 2-tier
15Aplastic Anaemia patients- for treatment/periodical check-up 50% in Sleeper, AC Chair car, AC 3-tier and AC 2-tier
IIISenior Citizens
16Men- 60 years and above. Women- 58 years and above. - travelling for any purpose. 40% in all classes.
50% in all classes.
Also in Rajdhani/ Shatabdi/Jan Shatabdi/Duronto trains.
IV Awardees
17Recipients of age 60 years and above, of :- (i) President’s Police Medal for Distinguished Service, (ii) Indian Police Award for Meritorious service. - travelling for any purpose 50% for men.
60% for women.
In all classes & in Rajdhani/Shatabdi/Jan Shatabdi trains.
18 Shram Awardees - Industrial Workers awarded the Prime Minister’s Shram Award for Productivity and Innovation - travelling for any purpose. 75% in Second and Sleeper class.
19 National Awardee Teachers –honoured with National Award by the President of India for exemplary service in the field of education - travelling for any purpose. 50% in Second and Sleeper class.
20Either of parents accompanying the Child Recipients of National Bravery Award - travelling for any purpose. 50% in Second and Sleeper class.
V War Widows
21War Widows - travelling for any purpose. 75% in Second and Sleeper class.
22 Widows of I.P.K.F. Personnel killed in action in Sri Lanka - travelling for any purpose. 75% in Second and Sleeper class.
23 Widows of Policemen & Paramilitary personnel killed in action against Terrorists and Extremists - travelling for any purpose. 75% in Second and Sleeper class.
24 Widows of defence personnel killed in action against terrorists & extremists - travelling for any purpose. 75% in Second and Sleeper class.
25 Widows of Martyrs of Operation Vijay in Kargil in 1999 – travelling for any purpose. 75% in Second and Sleeper class.
VI Students
26 Students going to hometown & educational tours - General Category – - SC/ST Category - 50% in Second and Sleeper class.
50% in First and Second class Monthly season ticket & Quarterly season ticket.
75% in Second and Sleeper class.
75% in Monthly season ticket & Quarterly season ticket.
-Girls upto Graduation /professional/vocational courses. Boys upto 12th standard (including students of Madrasa) between home & school Free second class Monthly season ticket
27Students of Govt. schools in rural areas - for study tour - once a year. 75% in Second class.
28Entrance exam - Girls of Govt. schools in rural areas – for national level for medical, engineering, etc. entrance exam 75% in Second class.
29 Concession to students appearing in main written examination conducted by UPSC & Central Staff Selection Commissions. 50% in Second class.
30 Foreign students studying in India - travelling to attend camps/seminars organised by Govt. of India and also visit to places of historical & other importance during vacations. 50% in Second and Sleeper class.
31Research scholars upto the age of35 years - for journeys inconnection with research work. 50% in Second and Sleeper class.
32 Students and non-students participating in Work Camps 25% in Second and Sleeper class.
33 Cadets and Marine Engineers apprentices undergoing Navigational/ Engineering training for Mercantile Marine - for travel between home and training ship. 50% in Second and Sleeper class.
VII Youths
34 Youths attending National Integration Camps of :- (a) National Youth Project (b) Manav Uththan Sewa Samiti 50% in Second and Sleeper class.
40% in Second and Sleeper class.
35 Unemployed youths : – (i) to attend interview for job Statutory Bodies, Municipal Corporation, Govt Under-taking, University or Public Sector Body.) (ii) to attend interviews for jobs in Central & State Govt. 50% in Second and Sleeper class.
100% in Second class.
36Bharat Scouts & Guides - for scouting duty. 50% in Second and Sleeper class.
VIII Kisans
37Kisans and Industrial Labourers - for visit to agricultural/industrial exhibitions. 25% in Second and Sleeper class.
38 Kisans travelling by Govt sponsored Special trains33% in Second and Sleeper class.
39 Kisans & Milk Producers - visit to National level Institutes for learning/Training 50% in Second and Sleeper class.
40 Delegates for attending Annual Conferences of :  (i) Bharat Krishak Samaj and
 (ii) Sarvodaya Samaj, Wardha.
50% in Second and Sleeper class.
IX Artists & Sportspersons
41 Artistes - for performance. 75% in Second & Sleeper Class.
50% in First, AC Chair Car, AC-3 tier & AC-2 tier.
50% in Rajdhani/ Shatabdi/Jan Shatabdi AC Chair Car, AC-3 tier & AC-2 tier.
42 Film technicians - travelling for film production related work. 75% in Sleeper
50% in First, AC Chair car, AC-3 Tier & AC-2 tier
In Rajdhani/Shatabdi/Jan Shatabdi also.
43 Sportsmen participating in : (i) All India and State tournaments. (ii) National tournaments.
75% in Second and Sleeper class.
50% in First class.
75% in second, Sleeper and First class.
44Persons taking part in Mountaineering Expeditions organised by IMF. 75% in Second and Sleeper class.
50% in First class.
45 Press Correspondents accredited to Headquarters of Central & State Governments/Union Territories/ Districts - for press work.
Spouse/companion/dependent children (upto 18 yrs) 
Spouse/companion/dependent children (upto 18 yrs)
50% in all classes and in all inclusive fares of Rajdhani/ Shatabdi/Jan Shatabdi trains.
50% concession twice every financial year.
X Medical Professionals
46 Doctors – Allopathic - travelling for any purpose. 10% in all classes and in Rajdhani/ Shatabdi/Jan Shatabdi trains
47 Nurses & Midwives - for leave and duty. 25% in Second and Sleeper class.
XI Others (Conference, Camps, Tours etc)
48Delegates for attending Annual Conferences of certain All India bodies of social/cultural/educational importance. 25% in Second and Sleeper class.
49 Bharat Sewa Dal, Bangalore – for attending camps/meetings/rallies/ trekking programmes. 25% in Second and Sleeper class.
50Volunteers of Service Civil International - for social service. 25% in Second and Sleeper class.
51 Teachers of Primary, Secondary and Higher Secondary Schools - for educational tours. 25% in Second and Sleeper class.
52 Members of St. John Ambulance Brigade and Relief Welfare Ambulance Corps, Calcutta - for ambulance camps/competitions.25% in Second and Sleeper class.
XII Izzat MST
53 Izzat MST to persons with monthly income not exceeding 1500/-, working in unorganised sectors – for journeys upto maximum 150 Kms. Rs. 25/-

All concessions are applicable in Basic Mail/Express fares, unless otherwise stated. 

 Source: www.indianrailways.gov.in
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