Rail Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw: No proposal under consideration to restore concessions in ticket fare
If you are waiting for the train journey to become cheaper due to Kovid, then wait a bit. Your wait is not going to end soon. Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnav has said that no proposal is being considered to reintroduce concessions on all rail fares. Railways had stopped the concessions given on tickets due to Kovid-19.
In response to a written question in the Rajya Sabha, the Railway Minister said that in view of Kovid, concessions for all classes of passengers were abolished. At present, no proposal is being considered to start these concessions. The Railway Minister said that in view of the pandemic and the COVID protocol, all concessions were closed on 20 March 2020. This includes 4 types of concessions given to the differently-abled and 11 types of concessions given to patients and students.
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