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This section will provide you information you can benefit from. Relaxations, provisions, rules, policies and procedures favouring the differently-abled and stipulated by government and public enterprises.

Age relaxation in Central Government jobs

Age relaxation rules in central government jobs for the disabled.
Read this article on age relaxation rules

Provisions for the differently-abled in Budget 2003-2004

Relevant extracts from the budget speech made by Mr. Jaswant Singh.
Read the provisions in Budget 2002-2003

Concession on Postage for blind literature

Blind Literature packets are exempted from payment of postage (both inland and foreign) if sent by surface post. Air-mail charges are to be paid if packets are sent by air. According to the Rule 129 of the Post Office Guide, besides being exempted from the payment of postage, ' Blind Literature' packets are exempted from payment of
(I) Registration fee
(II) Fee for acknowledgement and
(III) Fee for attested copy of the receipt.
Concession on Postage for blind literature

Concession to Disabled Person in Railwayfare and Airfare

Concession to Disabled Person in Railwayfare and Airfare

Concession to Disabled Person in Railwayfare and Airfare

RAILWAY FARE CONCESSION: Indian Railways has streamlined the scheme of granting railway fare concession to the following four categories of disabled persons:

1. Orthopaedically handicapped/ paraplegic persons who cannot travel without the assistance of an escort,
2. Mentally retarded persons who also need an escort,
3. Completely blind persons travelling alone or with an escort, and
4. Totally deaf & dumb persons (both afflictions together).

The period of validity of the certificate for blind, mentally retarded and deaf & dumb persons has been increased to 5 years to reduce the frequent botheration of renewing their certificates. The proforma of certificates has also been changed to reduce the possibility of any difficulty or harassment in getting concession. The revised certificates, in effect from January 1, 1999, include provision of address of the concerned disabled person and photograph to be attested by the Doctor. Copies of the revised certificates, for the above mentioned four categories of disabled persons, are available for free at stations/reservation offices.

Concession in Railway Fare
SNo Type of Disablity Class Conc. Remark
1 Orthopaedically handicapped/paraplegic* First class 75% Wheeled chair or hand-operated tricycle or perambulator is allowed free of cost.
Second class 75%
Sleeper class 75%
Season Class First Class 50%
Second class 50%
2 Completely blind* First class 75%  
Second class 75%
Sleeper class 75%
Season Class First Class 50%
Second class 50%
3 Mentally retarded persons* First class 75% Mentally Retarded person is permitted to travel by 2-tier A.C. Sleeper on payment of concessional fare for first class and ful l surcharge for 2-tier A.C. Sleeper.)
Second class 75%
Sleeper class 75%
Season Class First Class 50%
Second class 50%
4 Totally deaf & dumb persons (both afflictions together)* First class 50% Concession for escort not allowed. A deaf & dumb person is permitted to travel by 2-tier A.C. Sleeper on payment of concessional fare for first class and full surcharge for 2-tier A.C. Sleeper)
Second class 50%
Sleeper class 50%
Season Class First Class 50%
Second class 50%


*The escort wherever admissible is also entitled to the same extent of concession. All the concessional fares shall be calculated on the basis of the basic railway fare for the journey. No person/party will be allowed more than one concession at one time.

  1. Facility of issue of concessional return ticket will also be available in one month from date of commencement of outward journey.
  2. Free ticket for one escort is available for every two persons in the same class of carriage whether they hold adult ticket or half ticket.
  3. The holder of concession ticket will not be permitted to change the ticket to higher class by paying the difference except in the case of T.B. and Cancer patient, leprosy patient etc.
  4. The break-up journey shall not be allowed on a concession ticket for a specific journey for example students travelling for an examination center, patient travelling to/from a hospital, professor travelling from/to a conference etc. The break journey will be allowed only if it is a natural event.
  5. During break journey, the passenger has to endorse the ticket along with Station Master's initials, date and station code.
  6. Refund of the untravelled person on such tickets will not be allowed.
For more details about the scheme contact Station Master/Dy. Station Superintendent or Chief Commercial Manager. Details also available in the Railway's Tariff, i.e. IRCA Coaching Tariff Part - I (Vol. II), which is available for reference in major stations and can also be purchased from the General Secretary, IRCA, Chelmsford Road, New Delhi.

Orthopaedically Handicapped Person:

All categories of Orthopaedically Handicapped Person/Patients accompanied by escort, when travelling for admission to or on discharge from hospital where the Orthopaedically Handicapped persons are treated or for consultation with edical Expert, can avail the concession. The concession can be availed on production of a certificate from a government doctor or Orthopaedic surgeon that the person is a bonafide Orthopaedically Handicapped person and that he cannot travel without an escort.

Printable format of the Railway concession certificate for Orthopaedically handicapped/paraplegic persons/patients.

Provisions for the differently-abled in Budget 2003-2004

Relevant extracts from the budget speech on the provisions for the differently-able are provided below:

  • To assist citizens with impaired vision, the basic customs duty on rough ophthalmic blanks shall be reduced from 25 to 5 per cent, and the basic excise duty will be reduced from 16 to 8 per cent.
  • For income tax purposes, it is proposed that the physically handicapped or persons with such dependents be entitled to a deduction for permanent physical disability of Rs.50,000, and an enhanced deduction of Rs.75,000 in case of severe disability.
  • Customs duty for the following items is reduced to 5 per cent.

Concession on Postage for blind literature

Blind Literature packets are exempted from payment of postage (both inland and foreign) if sent by surface post. Air-mail charges are to be paid if packets are sent by air. According to the Rule 129 of the Post Office Guide, besides being exempted from the payment of postage, ' Blind Literature' packets are exempted from payment of
(I) Registration fee
(II) Fee for acknowledgement and
(III) Fee for attested copy of the receipt.

Rule 130 of the Post Office Guide defines the Contents and Conditions of posting of Blind Literature. According to this rule: Papers of any kind, periodicals and books printed in Braille or other special type for the use of the blind may be transmitted by post as 'Blind Literature' packets provided that they are posted in accordance with the below mentioned conditions. Plates bearing the characters of writing, sound records for the use of the blind, and discs, films, tapes and wires on which spoken message for the blind have been recorded, when sent by, or addressed to, an officially recognised institution for the blind, shall also be treated as 'Blind Literature'.

Age relaxation in Central Government jobs

Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions (Department of Personnel & Training) has decided to allow age concession of 10 years to handicapped persons for appointment through open competitive examinations. This decision has been reached in consultation with the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) and the Comptroller and Auditor General of India. The decision is to allow relaxation of 10 years in the upper age limit to blind, deaf-mute and orthopaedically handicapped persons for appointment to all civil posts/services under the Central Government filled through open competitive examinations.

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