With the aim of preventing misuse of senior citizen concession and quota, the Railways has decided to act tough against passengers who have declared wrong age by treating them as “without tickets”.
The new rule will be applicable from February 1, according to a Railways notification.
Because of false declaration of age, the passenger was misusing both concession and quota depriving the eligible passengers of a confirmed lower berth, besides causing loss of revenue, it added.
As per the railway travel concession policy, males aged 60 and above and women aged 58 and above are granted 40% and 50% concession, respectively, in all classes of all trains.
The notification also stated that while no proof of age was required at the time of purchasing tickets, the senior citizen was required to carry a prescribed documentary proof issued by a government agency showing their age or date of birth.
In case the senior citizen is not able to produce the requisite proof of age, he/she would be charged the difference of fare between full fare and concessional fare.
It also said that passengers had been misusing the facility of confirmed lower berths for senior citizens by providing wrong age.
There were also cases wherein agents use this method to cheat passengers. They book the ticket through wrong declaration of age and later modify the e-ticket by giving correct age and dupe the passengers.
On the same lines, the railway is also planning to make a provision by which whenever a passenger enquires about the PNR status, the fare charged on the tickets will be reflected.
It is also planning to explore the feasibility of displaying other details in the PNR status, such as full form of the quota under which the seat was booked and also the age of the passenger, to avoid fleecing by agents.