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Posted: Mar 29 2016 (08:21)

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Mar 28 2016 (17:01)   Mixed Response to Move to Charge Full Fare for Kids

Jayashree   36962 news posts
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MADURAI: The Indian Railways, the chariot of the poor and middle class, has decided to toe the line of commercial airline industry.
Come April 22, parents taking their children aged between 5 and 12 with them on trains cannot enjoy the ‘half-ticket’ benefit wherein they pay half the ticket fare for them and get a separate berth. They need to pay full fare if they want an independent berth for their kids.
Under the new policy,  the ‘half ticket’ fares will continue for children not seeking an independent berth. But that too comes
with a rider — the number of half tickets should not exceed the number of tickets for adults in the group.
The Railway Board’s decision has evoked a mixed response from the Railway Passengers’ Welfare Association. V Manoharan, a member of the Madurai Divisional Railway Users’ Consultative Committee, said the move will primarily affect middle class families.
“A section of middle class passengers will think twice if they want to take their children with them on a train. For a Chennai-Madurai journey, a person with two kids will have to spend `600 more in sleeper class. The increase in expenditure will be a burden for them,” he said.
Manoharan also questioned the rationale behind charging full fare for Reservation Against Cancellation (RAC) tickets, wherein the passenger is provided with only a seat and not a berth. “If allotting a berth for a kid can attract full fare, then the Railways should also refund the 50 per cent of the charges for RAC travellers,” he stressed.
But some are not opposed to the move. “Most times, children below 10 sleep with either of the parent because of which the berths booked for them remain vacant. Considering the huge demand for reserved berths, it is not a bad idea to regularise berth allocation for kids,” said P Edward Jeni, Secretary, Kanyakumari District Railway Users’ Association.
“Those not  opting for a separate berth  for their wards should be allotted lower berths since they pay 150 per cent of the fare for a single berth. Sleeping in the upper or middle berths along with their kids not only causes inconvenience, but is also risky,” he said.

Mar 29 2016 (08:21)
Kuchh to log kahenge   216 blog posts   13 correct pred (74% accurate)
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I my opinion it is a bad practice, Railway have to provide full berth to children who had purchased half ticket. Only one thing railway can do is that if there are two children then both can be allotted 1 single berth as they can adjust easily on same berth but children aged above eight years is difficult to adjust with their adult companion.
If railway want to increase it revenue then withdraw all concessions including Sr.Citizen and any other relaxation provided in 2AC, 1AC, Rajdhani and Shatabdi.

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