New Delhi: Transgender senior citizens travelling in trains will now be able to avail a 40 percent concession in passenger fares, Indian Railways has announced. The lower travel fare for a person of the third gender who is aged 60 years or above will be available from January 1, Central Railway spokesperson Sunil Udasi said. The concessional fare could until now be only availed by men who are 60 years and above and women aged 58 years and above.
Concessions are provided by railways across 53 different categories, starting from 10 percent to 100 percent.
While men get a 40 percent concession, women get 50 percent. Even though the railways had introduced a column for transgender in the reservation form, the concession was not applicable to them.
Concessions are provided by railways across 53 different categories, starting from 10 percent to 100 percent. While students going to their hometown or educational tours can avail a concession of 50 percent in second and sleeper class, students hailing from Scheduled Tribes can avail a concession of 75 percent
Similarly, government school students in rural areas are eligible to get a concession of 75 percent in second class for a study tour or an entrance examination once a year.
Candidates appearing for Union Public Service Commission and Staff Selection Commission can also avail a concession of 50 percent on the fare. A 25-per-cent concession is given to industrial labours and farmers, who wish to visit agricultural exhibitions, on second-class and sleeper-class tickets.