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More lower berths for elderly, e-tickets easier for disabled
New Delhi : The Indian Railways is fulfilling its social obligations towards Divyang, senior citizens and women travellers, Union Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu said on Thursday while presenting the rail budget in the Lok Sabha.
 
Prabhu said that for Divyang (differently able), the railways have introduced one-time registration for availing concessions while booking tickets online, online booking of wheelchairs and Braille-enabled new coaches. 
 
Also, the quota of lower berths has been increased for senior citizens and women. 
 
“In the coming financial year, the railways is increasing the senior citizen quota per coach by 50 percent, resulting in almost 120 lower berths per train for senior citizens,” he said.
 
The minister said that in pursuance of the objectives of Accessible India campaign, Indian Railway will ensure that all stations under redevelopment are made disabled friendly. 
 
He said that at least one disabled-friendly toilet on all platforms in A1-class stations will be built in the next financial year. 
 
To make travel hassle-free for common man on dense routes, the railways would introduce a long-distance, fully unreserved, superfast train service -- called Antyodaya Express -- on these routes, Prabhu said. 
 
Besides, there would be more unreserved coaches in some long distance trains to enhance the carrying capacity. These coaches will also have facility for potable water and a higher number of mobile charging points, the minister said.
 
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Counter tickets can be cancelled through cellphone: Prabhu
New Delhi : The Indian Railways is launching a procedure enabling commuters who had booked tickets from Passenger Reservation counters to get them cancelled through their cell phones.
 
Currently people have to visit the reservation counter personally to cancel their tickets.
 
"We are introducing a new process for cancellation of counter tickets through the 139 helpline post verification using 'One Time Password' sent on registered phone number," Railway Minister Suresh Parabhu said in the Lok Sabha on Thursday while presenting the Railway Budget - 2016-17.
 
New procedure will allow passengers to cancel their tickets from anywhere in the country through telephonic services of the Indian Railways.
 
The government will also install ticket scanners at various stations to address the ticket-less menace.
 
"Bar coded tickets, scanners and access control to be introduced on a pilot basis on major stations to tackle the menace of ticket-less travel and ensure hassle free travel for passengers," Prabhu said.
 
"Indian Railways intends to commence sale of tickets through hand held terminals for the benefit of the suburban and short distance travellers. This would enable deployment of multiple 'Points of Sale' with minimal infrastructure requirement," he said.
 
The Indian Railways intends initiating sale of short-distance and platform tickets through ticket vending machines installed on busy train terminals which would be made compatible with not only cash but also credit and debit cards.
 
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Rail budget a statement of illusion, says ex-railway minister Trivedi
New Delhi : Former railway minister Dinesh Trivedi on Thursday criticised the 2016-17 rail budget, saying it was a statement of illusion and that the government was misleading the nation.
 
"It is not a railway budget that Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu has presented. It is just a statement of illusion by the minister," Trivedi told IANS.
 
"This government has misled the nation through this budget which has neither any vision nor any direction," the Trinamool Congress parliamentarian added.
 
He also dubbed Suresh Prabhu a "failed student", who had no courage to face parliament with detailed figures of the work done in the last one year.
 
"When a student fails in an examination, he never shares marks he scored in different subjects with his parents. Same is the case with Prabhu. He didn't give any figures on the works done in the last year. He didn't show us the results," Trivedi said.
 
He said the government had once again fooled the nation.
 
"Through this rail budget, they have fooled the nation again. In fact, it was in no way a railway budget. There were no figures. Only promises and big talk," Trivedi said.
 
Trivedi, who was forced to resign as railway minister days after he presented his railway budget, said that Prabhu had only wasted the time of parliament by presenting such a budget.
 
"The way this government has presented the budget, I think it should not be presented at all in future and time of parliament not be wasted," Trivedi said, adding that "I am not angry but disappointed".
 
Trivedi, currently the chairman of the parliamentary standing committee on railways, was the railway minister from July 13, 2011, to March 18, 2012. He is presently a member of parliament from Barrackpore in West Bengal.
 
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