No change in ticket booking rules for children: Railways

No change in ticket booking rules for children: Railways


Passengers can buy tickets if they require a seat for children below 5 years of age.

New Delhi:

The Railways on Wednesday clarified that there has been no change in the rules relating to booking of tickets for children traveling by train, as news reports claimed that children in the age group of one to four would now be charged adult fare. is being taken.

A circular dated March 6, 2020 of the Ministry of Railways states that children below the age of five years will travel free of cost. However, it said that in that case, a separate berth or seat (in a chair car) would not be provided.

However, passengers can buy tickets if they require a berth/seat for their children below 5 years of age. In that case, the full adult fare will be charged.

“Recently there have been some media reports which have claimed that Indian Railways has changed the rules regarding ticket booking for children traveling in trains. These reports claim that the age of one to four years is now Children of age .. have to take a ticket to travel in the train.

“These news and media reports are misleading. It is informed that Indian Railways has not made any changes regarding booking of tickets for children traveling in the train.

“‘On the demand of passengers, they have been given an option to buy tickets and book berths for their child below 5 years of age if they wish. And if they do not want a separate berth, it is free of cost. is as it used to be,” the railway statement said.

Earlier, news reports had evoked an angry reaction from a section.

“We must thank the BJP government, which is now charging one-year-olds to travel in trains, that they are not charging pregnant women for extra tickets.

Samajwadi Party leader Akhilesh Yadav said in a tweet, “Railways is no longer for the poor. Now people will cut the entire ticket of BJP.”

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