GUWAHATI, Oct 26 � The Maligaon-headquartered Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR) has called upon the public to avail of concessions in season tickets to certain type of travellers, including students and low income groups.
A senior NFR official said that while such schemes are very popular in other parts of the country, there have not been many takers for such concession in Assam.
�Unfortunately, there is a lack of awareness among the people in North East, particularly Assam, about such schemes. We want more and more people of avail of such schemes,� he said.
As per Indian Railways� rules, free monthly season tickets between their place of original residence and the place of their educational institution can be secured by girl students up to Graduation level (only BA, BSc and BCom), while male students can avail of them up to 12th Standard. The scheme is also available for Madrassa, High Madrassa and Senior Madrassa students.
The scheme is applicable for general second class tickets in local trains.
�If students avail such schemes, it would be helpful for any students residing in nearby places like Nagaon or Pathsala to commute to-and-fro Guwahati where they can attend their daily classes and be back at home in the afternoon,� said the official. He said the tickets can be availed by submitting an application to the Station Manager, along with a photo copy of ID.
�During vacations, students can secure 50 per cent discount at sleeper class in long-distance. Such schemes are also available for educational tours and excursions and also for going to appear in entrance exams at any recognized educational institutions,� the official added. He said similar schemes also exist for people of low-income groups.
�There is the Izzat MSP scheme under which any persons whose earning does not exceed Rs 1,500 per month can secure tickets at Rs 25 per month for journeys below 150 km distance. Schemes also exist for patients going for treatment and other groups,� said the official, adding that people should avail them as Indian Railways is keen to make train travel even more popular and safe.