5 points for Specially Abled People, announced by Railway Minister

Voice of Specially Abled People community appreciates 5 announcements for Specially Abled People of India, made by H’ble Railway minister Shri Suresh Prabhu ji. We have a long way to go to make Indian Railways safer and accessible for Specially Abled People and such measures are welcome by VoSAP.

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    1. For the differently-abled travelers, a special initiative is being launched whereby they can purchase concessional e- tickets after one-time registration
    2. We will also provide a facility for online booking of wheel chair on payment basis for senior citizens, patients and the differently-abled passengers through IRCTC on select stations.
    3. We have approached the National Institute of Design for this purpose. As a short-term measure however, we propose to increase the quota of lower berths for senior citizens. TTEs would also be instructed to help senior citizens, pregnant women and differently-abled persons in obtaining lower berths.
    4. Lifts and escalators have been planned at major stations to facilitate easy movement of the elderly and differently-abled passengers. An amount of Rs. 120 crore has been provided for this purpose which is about 76% more than the final allotment in the current year.
    5. All newly manufactured coaches will henceforth be Braille enabled and Rail Coach Factory has been asked to explore the possibility of building wider entrances for the ease of differently-abled passengers


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