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Cancer Patients Get 100% Grant On Train Travel To Hosp

Times of India
11 May 2010
Mumbai, India
By Roana Maria Costa

The Indian Railways has decided to grant a 100% concession to cancer patients in the basic fare of three–tier AC and sleeper class berths on long–distance trains.

Cancer patients and their escorts are eligible for a concession to travel to and from recognised hospitals for treatment and periodic check–ups. The element of concession was 75% in all classes except second and first AC, where it is 50%.

As announced in the Railway Budget, the concession for sleeper class and three–tier AC has further been increased to 100%. The concession for escorts remains the same. The new grant is effective from April 20.

The concession will be on the basic fare, which makes up a major chunk of the ticket price, while all other charges are realised in full. The patient would only have to shell out the reservation and superfast charges (if applicable). The reservation charges are Rs 20 for a sleeper class ticket and Rs 25 for third AC while superfast charges are Rs 20 and Rs 30 for sleeper class and third AC respectively.

A certificate from an approved cancer research and treatment institute will have to be produced to avail of the grant. The concession will be applicable for tickets purchased on or after April 20 and for the tickets already issued for travel on or after the date, there would be no refund of the difference in fare, said an official. “More people would shift from sleeper to third AC as the cost of the ticket would be nominal,” he added.

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