MARGAO: Deferring to the judgement of Madras High Court’s order, the Railways Ministry has decided to issue concessional tickets for differently able with or without accompanied by an escort with effect from today.
“…concession in passenger fare is admissible to orthopaedic ally handicapped/paraplegic persons and mentally retarded persons who cannot travel without the assistance an escort. At present, concessional tickets are issued only with an escort,” a circular dated June 6 stated by the railway ministry.
“World over, persons with special needs move around with facilities being created for their benefit. Such people are to be encouraged to do so to live an independent life. The society needs to be sensitised to the needs of such persons,” the High Court further said.