Parents of Chakra, police gallantry medal awardees can now travel for free

The Ministry of Railways has extended the facility of complimentary card passes to the parents of unmarried posthumous Chakra awardees and awardees of Police gallantry medals.

As per the extant policy of the Ministry of Railways, it provides First Class and Second AC complimentary card passes to all gallantry awardees who are recipients of Chakra awards which are the Param Vir Chakra, Maha Vir Chakra, Vir Chakra, Ashok Chakra, Kirti Chakra and Shaurya Chakra and to Police Gallantry awardees, that is, recipients of the President’s Police Medal for Gallantry (PPMG) and Police Medal for Gallantry (PMG).

The card pass entitles them and a companion to free rail travel throughout their lives over all Indian railways by any train other than Rajdhani/ Shatabdi trains.

When a parent travels alone on the complimentary card passes, he/ she shall be entitled to take one companion in the same class. However, when both the parents are traveling together, the facility of companion shall not be admissible.

There have been more expansions in the scheme and Chakra awardees have since been permitted to travel by Rajdhani/ Shatabdi trains also on complimentary passes issued to them.

The facilities have also been provided to the widow of posthumous awardees as well as to the widow of galantry awardees after their death.