सोमवार, 8 सितंबर 2014

why senior citizens are not granted concession in basic fare for Tatkal tickets?,"

The Railway Minister should end discrimination in fare concession to Senior citizens for Tatkal tickets. Though senior citizens get 50% concession of tickets for female passengers and 40% for male, the same concession are not granted in basic fares while buying a Tatkal ticket.

Tatkal is not a fare but a charge levied by the railways for additional berth quota it makes available. "The railways levy Tatkal charge for special quota but why senior citizens are not granted concession in basic fare?,"  All concessions & facilities to Senior Citizens are also as``Respect to Elders`` and not exclusively for financial relief, as such concessions are admissible to Ambanis, Tatas etc also. Each Public Authority has to take effective steps to improve the quality of life of all Elders, strengthen their legitimate place in society and help them to live their last spell of life with purpose, dignity and peace. Keeping this Mandate in view, Ministry of Railways must reserve some quota for Senior Citizens in Tatkal Tickets also and give concession, as for other tickets. Moreover, concession in fares is for all classes of all trains and Tatkal Tickets are also for these trains and not for any Special/Superior trains like local or passenger trains for which concessions are not given!! One more action of Ministry of Railways to give 40% to males & 50% to females is discriminatory and causing divide in the Society! Definition of Senior Citizen does not discriminate between males & females and as such fare concession should be same for all Senior Citizens.

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