Railways enable Concession in Ticket Fare for Differently-abled Persons both Across-the-Counter & Online Booking

Chennai (MAS): The Indian Railways has introduced the system of issuing of photo identity card for the differently abled persons to enable them to book their tickets on-line through e-ticketing as well as across the counter.

A release from Southern Railway here said that the card was not transferable; the quantum of concession would be as per the eligibility criteria in different types of trains and class of travel based on the type of disability; the concession is admissible to a single escort if eligible on the type of disability while travelling with the card-holder and the card is valid for booking reserved tickets from counters as well as through www.irctc.co.in.

The card-holder and as the escort should carry their respective original photo identity cards during the journey. While booking tickets across the counter, the card-holder should produce the card in original and submit its photocopy.

Applications for photo ID card should be enclosed with self-attested copies of Concession Certificate as certified by the competent hospital/doctor; proof of photo identity; proof of date of birth; address proof, any one the 10 specified documents and two passport size photographs.

These applications may be submitted either by post to the Senior Divisional Commercial Manager of the divisions concerned or in person at railway divisional offices or submit applications in person at specified Railway Stations on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Applications will be accepted at railway stations for a period of two months, after which one will have to approach divisional offices for the identity cards.

Until the new card is issued, the differently-abled persons can use the existing certificate for booking tickets at the counter.

The Southern Railway has gone one step further to make it more convenient for concession holders to apply for the Railway ID.

It has made arrangements for receiving the applications at the five railway stations of Erode, Karur, Tirupur, Coimbatore and Udhagamandalam, apart from the Salem Divisional Office.

They can submit the applications between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. on all Tuesdays and Thursdays.

These locations will commence receiving applications from May 1 and will continue to do so for a period of two months only.

Later, the differently abled have to submit the applications only at the Salem Divisional Office, a release issued here on Tuesday said.

The release said that as such, the differently abled persons had the three options of sending their applications by post to the Senior Divisional Commercial Manager, Salem Division; submitting the applications in person at the Salem Divisional Office; or handing over the applications at the above five railway stations on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

On completion of verification, the beneficiaries could collect the ID cards from the place of submission, in person or through an authorised representative on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

If the applicant submitted his mobile phone number along with his application, he/she would be intimated by an SMS to collect the card. Otherwise, they may collect the card after three weeks, the release added.

The concession is admissible to one escort while travelling with the card-holder. Southern Railway has made arrangements for receiving applications at the five railway stations of Erode, Karur, Tirupur, Coimbatore and Udhagamandalam