If you are willing to travel home this summer vacation by Indian Railways then you should absolutely read this news. Indian Railways has provided information on how you might be guaranteed a lower berth when traveling. Even when senior persons are requested during ticket buying, the lower berth is frequently not available. The Indian Railways, however, has spoken regarding the same this time.
There was a passenger traveling by Indian Railways who tweeted this inquiry to the Indian Railways asking why this is the case and that it needs to be changed. I had reserved tickets for three senior citizens with lower berth preferences, and even though there were 102 berths available, they were given middle berths, upper berths, and side lower berths, the passenger wrote, tagging Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnav. You should try to fix this.
IRCTC’s Response To The Tweet
On Twitter, IRCTC gave a response to this query. IRCTC responded, “Sir, the lower berth/senior citizen quota berth is only 60 years and above, lower berths are earmarked for females age 45 years and above when she is alone or with two passengers (traveling on one ticket).” IRCTC added that the system will not take into account a request if there are more than two senior citizens or if one senior citizen is there but the other is not.
Benefits For Senior Citizens Are Suspended
The concessionary tickets of numerous groups of passengers, including senior citizens, were suspended in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic in an effort to cut down on unnecessary travel. Additionally, according to Indian Railways, concessions for senior residents have been discontinued because they are in the greatest danger of COVID-19 virus spread and death.