Railways takes steps to prevent misuse of Senior Citizen concession as well as Senior Citizen Quota
According to sources of the Railways Ministry, it is going to put barriers on the facilities given to senior citizens as there has been a large misuse of these facilities. There has been a huge increase in cases regarding misuse of facilities given by the Railways to the senior people. Senior citizens enjoy a rebate in rail tickets and have a separate senior citizen quota for railway reservations. But these facilities are only for genuine senior citizen passengers. But there have been a numerous cases of tampering the rules of senior citizen quota and people are taking wrong advantages of the concessions and other facilities. So strict measures are planned to be taken by the Indian Railways from now on, to make the system free from frauds and to provide services of senior citizen concession only to genuine passengers.
Currently the senior citizens enjoy various concessions in the services provided by the Indian Railways. A male person who attains the age of 60 years is eligible to get the senior citizen facilities provided by the Indian Railways. Whereas, for the female passengers, the minimum age to get the senior citizen facilities is 58 years. Passengers under senior citizen quota are given separate priority while booking tickets. Also, the senior citizens are given a discount of 30 % in fares of all mails, express trains and super fast trains including Rajdhani Express and Shatabdi Express. The Indian Railways also have separate booking counters dedicated to senior citizens for booking and cancellation of railway tickets. They are also provided lower berths while making reservations for long journeys. While making the journey, they can avail wheel chair facilities for free and all major stations are well equipped with other facilities like doctors, ambulance services, etc.
But several instances of misuse of the senior citizen facilities have come under light. People are making railway ticket booking with providing incorrect age so as to get rebates on the ticket charges and secure a reservation under the senior citizen quota. Currently the rule is that if a person is travelling with a senior citizen ticket and is unable to show valid age proof, then he/ she will just have to pay the rebated amount i.e. the difference between the original fare and the senior citizen discounted fare. But from now on, this case will be treated as a passenger travelling without ticket and will be prosecuted accordingly. This step will help save the Indian Railways from great losses, to some extent.