New Delhi: In a major development, Union Rail Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw has asserted that the concession on ticket prices given to senior citizens will no longer be available.
Notably, before the Corona pandemic, senior citizens were given discounts on rail fares, however, following the pandemic, the same was suspended.
During a press conference in Chennai last week, the Vaishnaw reiterated the same.
As per media reports, in March, Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnav had said that due to the challenges arising out of Corona, the revenue of the Railways in 2020-21 has been plunged.
''In such a situation, the burden on the railways will increase due to the exemption. In such a situation, other discounts already given to senior citizens cannot be considered for now,'' he had added.
On taking tickets for any class in the rail fare, a discount of 50 percent was given to women elders and 40 percent to men. But to take advantage of this, the minimum age for women should have been 58 and the minimum age for men should be 60 years.
Meanwhile, Communist Party of India (CPI) leader and MP Vinay Viswam has requested Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnav to restore the concession given to senior citizens in train ticket fares, which has been going on since the outbreak of the COVID-19 global pandemic is suspended.