Railways issues Rs 142 mln concessional tickets: Minister
ISLAMABAD: Minister for Railways Sheikh Rashid Ahmed Tuesday said Pakistan Railways has provided around Rs 142 million per year concessional tickets in different heads across the country under the pro-poor initiatives. During meeting with Chairperson Benazir Income Support Programme (BISP) Dr. Sania Nishtar here, he said Pakistan Railways has provided 50 percent concessional rates to students, persons with disabilities, senior citizens over 65 years, boy scouts and girl guides.
While 33 percent concession was given to attendants of blind passengers and free travel to the senior citizens of 75 years and above for two journeys in a calendar year.
Sheikh Rashid said Pakistan Railways has always been at the forefront in providing travel facility to a clientele which was mostly the poor sections of the society. Being a federal government owned public service entity, he said the fare structure of Pakistan Railways was prepared in line with the policies aimed at providing affordable travel facility to the people.