Railway Concession for Differently Abled Persons

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Railway Concession for Differently Abled PersonsReservation in trains

  • A reservation quota of two sleeper class berths has been earmarked in all trains running on non-suburban sections for handicapped persons performing their journey on handicapped concessional ticket. The person accompanying the handicapped person as escort is also allotted the berth out of this quota.
  • Instructions have also been issued that in the tickets issued through Computerized Passenger Reservation System, to the extent feasible, one lower berth should be allotted to the handicapped person and the person accompanying the handicapped person as an escort should be allotted middle/upper berths near the handicapped person subject to availability of accommodation.
  • After departure of the train, the Conductor/Train Ticket Examiner (TTE) has been authorized to allot the vacant lower berth, if available, to any physically handicapped person travelling on handicapped concessional ticket who has been allotted upper/middle berth, after making necessary entries in the chart.
  • Specially designed coaches known as SLRD coaches with wider entrance doors to allow a wheel chair to enter, wider aisles, modified toilet and 4 berths, the lower two for physically challenged persons & upper berths for attendants have been attached in almost all Mail/Express trains except Rajdhani, Shatabdi, Jan Shatabdi Express trains and Duronto Express trains. Fully air-conditioned Garib Rath trains have been provided a disabled friendly compartment as also toilets in the power cars. IR have so far manufactured 2,830 SLRD/SRD coaches.
  • Instructions have been issued that in all Mail/Express trains, the SLRD coaches should be treated as unreserved coaches earmarked for exclusive use of physically handicapped passengers. In case of Garib Rath Express trains which are fully reserved trains, these coaches are treated as reserved for booking by handicapped persons travelling on handicapped concession on payment of full fare of 3 AC Class of Garib Rath Express on first come first served basis.
  • Depending upon the demand, separate counters are earmarked at various Passenger Reservation System (PRS) centres for dealing with the reservation requisitions received from physically handicapped persons, Senior Citizens, Ex.M.Ps, MLAs, accredited journalists and freedom fighters.

Additional Facilities

  1. For the convenience of the physically challenged persons, facilities like wheel chairs have been provided at all important stations on IR.
  2. RPF personnel are being trained to assist physically disabled passengers to make their journey more comfortable.
  3. In allotment of STD/PCO booths at Railway Stations, 25% booths have been reserved for physically handicapped persons (including blind) with disability of 40% and above.

Concession in Fares

As per Railway rules, concession in Railway fares isadmissible to the following categories of disabled persons:-

Sl.NOCategory of PersonsPercentage of Concession
Disabled Passengers
1Orthopedically Handicapped / Paraplegic persons who cannot travel with or without escort – for any purpose.(i) 75% in Second, Sleeper, First, AC Chair Car and AC 3 tier.

(ii) 50% in First Class and AC 2 tier.

(iii) 25% in AC 3 tier & AC Chair Car of Rajdhani / Shatabdi trains.

(iv) 50% in Monthly Season Ticket & Quarterly Season Ticket.

(v) One escort is also eligible for same element of concession.

2Mentally retarded persons who cannot travel with or without escort – for
any purpose.
3Blind persons travelling alone or with an escort – for any purpose.
4Deaf & Dumb persons (both afflictions together in the same person) travelling alone or with an escort – for any purpose.(i) 50% in Second, Sleeper and First Class.

(ii) 50% in Monthly Season Ticket & Quarterly Season Ticket.

(iii) One escort is also eligible for same element of concession.



Amenities at Railway Stations

Amenities to make station and service buildings more accessible to persons with disabilities are being developed through an action plan in a phased manner. Out of 581 ‘A-1’, ‘A’ and ‘B’ category stations, short term facilities have been provided at 559 stations, which include

  1. provision of standard ramp with railing for barrier free entry,
  2. earmarking of at least one parking lot for two vehicles used by disabled persons,
  3. provision of a non-slippery walkway from parking lot to building,
  4. provision of signages of appropriate visibility,
  5. provision of at least one drinking water tap suitable for use by a disabled person,
  6. provision of at least one toilet on the ground floor and
  7. ‘May I help You’ booth. These facilities are being extended to the remaining 22 ‘B’ category stations.

IR have planned provision of push button with Braille scripts in all elevators installed after June, 2008 as also to provide barrier free access including inter-platform transfer at stations through provision of over 350 escalators at major and important stations.

Recruitment on IR

Under 3% quota for physically handicapped in recruitment, posts have been identified for three categories of disabilities namely,

  1. Blindness or low vision,
  2. Hearing impairment and
  3. Locomotor Disability or Cerebral Palsy.

IR are making their best efforts to fill up the vacancies reserved against physically handicapped quota including 1% quota reserved for visually handicapped in Group ‘C’ & ‘D’ categories. Posts have been identified in the Group ‘A’, to be filled through Direct Recruitment, for the disabled, in Indian Railway Accounts Service, Indian Railway Medical Service and Indian Railway Personnel Service. Posts have also been identified for specified categories of disabilities in Indian Railway Service of Engineers, Indian Railway Service of Mechanical Engineers, Indian Railway Service of Electrical Engineers, Indian Railway Stores
Service and Indian Railway Traffic Service to be filled by Direct Recruitment through Union Public Service Commission.


reg : http://www.indianrailways.gov.in/railwayboard/uploads/directorate/stat_econ/pdf/ANNUAL_REPORT_ACCOUNTS_ENG_2011_12/18.pdf

14 thoughts on “Railway Concession for Differently Abled Persons”

  1. now railway issued railway (irctc ) id card for differently abled persons, it is more difficulty for abled persons in guntakal division, here nobody can take care to the abled persons and also consent employee behave very roughly to the differently abled persons.

  2. Why no CONCESSION OR E-CONCESSION IDENTITY CARD ISSUED for mental illness of permanant nature having 83% disability assessed by medical board. And the psychatric patient who is under going medical treatment since 1983 and has never been at work and wholly dependent on family and cannot take care of himself for his day to day living or personal care. As recently got disability certificate where we were not known of disability benefits all this years. Now medical board has issued mental illness certificate of permanent nature and not issued mental retardation we didnot know the difference only know that disabled patient is wholly dependent on family and now after demise of father no on to take care in near future therefore if disability benefits in railway is there why not for mental illness of permanent nature. Pls suggest or ask railway board to make inclusive in disability list mental illness of 83% and of permanent nature be included for the concession benefits in railway. thanking you – malikarjun – mumbai

  3. sir I am physically visual handicapped 40% I am apply railway concession idecard pls help me sir

  4. Hi

    i am facing issue with my concession certificate is expired please help me to get this new i am tired to renew it.

  5. Concession in Indian railways giving to all physical handicapped but why not arrange to give visual impaired 40% persons. Our humble request to honorable Rail minister and Prime Minister of India.

  6. Concession in Indian railways giving to all physical handicapped but why not arrange to give visual impaired 40% persons. Our humble request to honorable Rail minister and Prime Minister of India.

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