New Delhi: The Government Thursday said it has
put a cap on the number of berths allotted to cancer patients under emergency quota to accommodate VIPs after receiving instances that the quota was being entirely used by the
"The limit was imposed after receiving references from
zonal railways where they were unable to accommodate VIPs on
self travel when the entire quota was being utilised by the
cancer patients," Minister of State for Railways K H Muniyappa
informed the Lok Sabha.
In a written reply, he said such instances came
especially during the rush season leaving Railways with no
Railways provide 100 per cent concession to cancer
patients in sleeper and 3-AC classes. In 2-AC and 1-AC they
enjoy 50 per cent concession. A matching concession is also
extended to their escorts.
Muniyappa said instances of cancer patients utilising all
quota have been reported mostly in trains bound for Mumbai.
On April 17 and May 6, he said, all the 10 emergency
berths in 3-AC in Lokmanya Tilak-Chhaptra Godaan Express were
utilised by the cancer patients while all the 24 emergency
berths in Howrah-bound Gitanjali express were utilised on
April 9, 22, 23, 24, 28.
Instances of quotas being entirely utilised by cancer
patients have also been reported in trains linking Mumbai to
Guwahati and Hatia.
The Minister said separate quota for cancer patients is
also available in some trains.