Rly's 'Izzat' scheme from Aug 1

Monthly tickets at Rs 25 for workers of unorganised sectors

The “Izzat” scheme announced by Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee in the budget provides for the issue of uniformly priced MSTs at Rs 25 (inclusive of all surcharges) up to a distance of 100 km to persons working in the unorganised sector with monthly income not exceeding Rs 1,500.

The “Izzat” MSTs would be issued on production of income certificate of the applicant from either the district magistrate or a sitting Lok Sabha member (for persons of their own constituency).

The BPL card or any other certificate issued by the Central government under a recognised poverty alleviation programme could also be used for the purpose.

A Union minister can also recommend to the divisional railway managers (DRMs) for the issue of “Izzat” MSTs for any persons from anywhere in the country. The DRMs would then authorise the station manager/station master concerned to issue such MSTs.
A sitting Rajya Sabha member can also recommend to the DRMs for the issue of the “Izzat” MSTs to persons of the district in which these MPs normally reside.

The DRMs would then authorise the station manager/station master concerned to issue MSTs.

The DRMs would also be empowered under exceptional circumstances to issue the income certificate.

The income certificate would be valid for two years from the date of issue. It has to be issued on the letter head of the issuing authority.

The MSTs would be issued by the station master on collection of the photocopy of the income certificate which has to be preserved for future reference. But at the time of issue of ticket, the original income certificate will be examined.

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