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Concession cut short:Indian Railways earns Rs 1500 crore surplus post-pandemic

17/05/2022 at 10:14 PM

New Delhi,May 17: The Indian Railways has got surplus exchequers over Rs 1,500 crore post Corona Pandemic from cutting short the concession meant for the senior citizens.

It has been revealed from the information sought with the Right to Information Act(RTIA) by onechandra Sekhar Gaur, a native of Madhya Pradesh.

The RTIA information read, between March 20, 2020 and March 31, 2022, the Railways did not offer concessions to 7.31 crore senior citizen travellers. It included 4.46 crore males over the age of 60, 2.84 crore females over 58 and 8,310 transgender people.

The total revenue from senior citizen travellers during the period is Rs 3,464 crore, which includes an additional Rs 1,500 crore earned due to the suspension of the concession, according to the RTI response.Particularly, it was Rs 2,082 crore from male passengers, Rs 1,381 crore from female travellers, and Rs 45.58 lakh from transgenders.

Worth mentioning, the female senior citizens are eligible for a 50 per cent concession, while male and transgenders can avail 40 per cent discount in all classes.The minimum age limit for a woman to avail the concession is 58, while it is 60 for a man.

The concessions, which were put on hold from March 2020 after the coronavirus pandemic hit the country, have remained suspended to this day, with senior officials indicating they might not be retained.

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