April 1:The enhanced quota decision for senior citizens on Indian Railways will come into effect from Friday.
Senior citizens will now have about 90 reserved berths for them in a train as the Railways has enhanced the reservation quota by 50 percent for the elders as part of the budget commitments.
Besides senior citizens, female passengers above 45 years of age and pregnant women are also eligible to avail the enhanced quota.
The reserved qouta for senior citizen was introduced in 2007. A combined reservation quota of two lower berths per coach in Sleeper, AC-3 tier and AC-2 tier classes was earmarked for them.
In 2015, the existing quota of two lower berths per coach in Sleeper class was enhanced to four lower berths per coach.
It has now been decided to enhance this quota to six lower berths per coach in Sleeper class and three lower berths per coach in 3AC and 2AC classes, Jamshed said.
It has also been decided that in Rajdhani, Duronto and fully AC Express trains, this quota in 3AC class will be four lower berths per coach as against three lower berths per coach in case of normal Mail/Express trains.