Handicapped train discounts and or quota ???

#1 Aug 17th, 2005, 02:10
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Does anyone know about the discount for handicapped passengers on trains? It looks like you can get 50% to 75% off depending on the class traveled, and there also is a quota for tickets.

Does anyone know what kind of proof you need? Would a note from my Dr. be enough or would I need something from an Indian Dr? Would the registration from my car's plates be enough as they are handicapped plates? Any ideas?

I could definately use half price tickets as I just had a minor emergency eat some of my funds.


I broke both of my heel bones a few years ago after a fall off of a small 35 ft waterfall. I can walk, but must sit down after a short while. It is an orthopedic condition. I am travelling alone so it shouldnt be a problem holding anyone up.
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According to information in Trains at a Glance

Orthopaedically Handicapped are eligible for 75% fare reduction in on basic Mail/Express fares on I and II class non a/c, CC, and 3a/c; the reduction is 50% on 1a/c and 2a/c. These fares '..can be availed only when tickets are purchased across the counter at Stations & Reservation/Bookings offices.'

The authority required for availing concession is listed as 'Certificate issued by a Govt. Doctor in prescribed proforma'

There is an additional disclaimer in TAAG to the effect that 'the general and broad information about availability of concessions and other related matters ....are only indicative...and are not a substitute for the concerned Tariff books on Railway Concessions and other rule books which contain detailed information, procedure, conditions, prescribed formats and certificates needed for availing such concessions and other facilities'

Incidentally, the seniors discount (age over 60) of 30% is much easier to obtain as it only requires that you carry proof of age during travel.

Good luck!
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Thanks for the information!! I saw the discount, but wasnt sure what the requirement were. That answered all of my questions. Looks like I will be finding a Govt. Doctor when I get there as those dscounts are too good to pass up.

Unfortunately I am only 28. I has a pretty bad accident about 5 years ago. I couldnt walk for about 2 years. After 1 1/2 years I started to walk with a walker then progressed onto crutches, then a cane. Now I can walk without a cane, but keep one in my car and use it when I know I will have to do more than I should.

I am as good now as I ever will be. I can walk for around an hour or two before I MUST sit down for at least 30-45 minutes. I can only stand in one place for about 20 minutes max as that is more painfull for some reason, but I have a very small portable stool for lines and such. I can not run, am not all that great on steps, etc. One of the medications I take is an anti inflamatory similar to what people with arthritis take.
Pain medicine also can extend the amount of time I can do things by quite a bit!!

How hard and expensive is it to get Vicodin or something similar over there? I am bringing some with me, but my dr will not prescribe enough to last me for my entire trip.
Thanks, Chris
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Sorry to hear how much your old injury still affects you, Chris -- tough break for a young guy and I hope you do make further progress even if it is not expected. Taking off on your own under the circumstances is pretty gutsy, and I wish you all the best.

I can't answer your question about Vicodin but would suggest you bring a prescription or letter from your doctor -- most medicines are inexpensive by western standards, and are often available without prescription, but there could be questions about quantities of pain medication so better to be prepared.

Perhaps someone else can be more definitive.
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Thanks. I am actually going to see my doctor tomorrow. I will make sure I get a note from her.

Thanks for the vote of confidence. I am happy that I can walk. I figure I need to go to the places that I want to now in case I wouldnt be able to later. I have not really traveled that much. I went to Egypt for 2 weeks on a tour, then 3 days in Jordan and then a week in Egypt alone. I havent been to Europe or any other industrialized nations as I figure I can go there in a wheelchair Just kidding, It is just a lot less expensive to travel to other countries so I can afford to stay longer than I could if I was elsewhere.

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I know, it's an old thread, but there is more to discount for disabled people. The certificate to be signed by a Govt doctor can be downloaded Here. From the language of the form, it appears that the certificate should be issued to only those people, who CANNOT TRAVEL WITHOUT THE ASSISTANCE OF AN ESCORT. . This nullifies the whole point of the process. The point is to provide accessibility to physically challenged people. There are people who are physically challenged, but strive for independent living. However hard it maybe, they take pride in doing things, including travelling, on their own. It's nice to provide a discount for an escort, but what if you don't need or want an escort for your travel? This requirement denies the discount to such people!
The second point I want to raise is the requirement that it has to e signed by a Govt doctor. It is certainly possible in India to obtain fake certificates, i.e. motivate a doctor through personal contacts or by monetary inducement, to sign the certificate for people who do not meet the definition of a disabled person. Hence, the requirement of a Govt doctor, assuming that a doctor employed by the Govt is held to a higher standard. In country, where corruption is endemic at every level, this assumption is a bit hard to swallow. Nowhere does it say that it must be a doctor employed by the Govt of India or a Govt of an Indian state/local government, although I am afraid that the railway clerk who will process the discount expects it to be so. Why must one visit a Govt hospital in India when one has already been processed through the disability system in another country?
I believe the requirement of a certificate signed by govt doctor in India might violate the U.N. convention on disability. Certain documents, such as passports, birth/marriage certificates, death certificate, driving license (for a limited period though) issued by foreign Governments or their jurisdictions are accepted, why not a disability certificate issued by a foreign government?

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