Railways facing Rs152m burden owing to concessional fare

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Railways witnessed Rs152.914 million financial burdens during the period from July 2015 to April 2016 due to facility of free passes and tickets on concessional rates.

Railways officials are entitled to travel on free passes in limited number each year, sources in the Ministry of Railways told APP. “The persons entitled to travel free or on concessional rates are provided the facility of advance reservation at all reservations/ booking offices of Pakistan Railways,” the sources said.

Pakistan Railways also providing concessional rates to local and foreign students to travel in trains on 50 percent concession rates. “The department is also providing 50 per cent concession to blind/disabled persons. However, blind students are being given 65 per cent concession and their accompanying attendant 50 per cent off on tickets,” the sources added.

Sports athletes are being given concession at the rate of 40percent and journalists are being offered concession at the rate of 80 per cent and their spouses 50 per cent. Senior Citizens are being offered 25 per cent concession in AC/Class and 50 percent in economy class, sources disclosed.

Tourists are being offered 25 percent concession, scouts and girl guides were also being given 50 percent. Members of Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT), Pakistan Chapter are also traveling on concessional rates, the sources said. “There is no proposal under consideration of the government at present to withdraw these concessions,” the sources concluded.

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