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Railways plans a 'Give It Up' for train ticket subsidy

Railways plans a 'Give It Up' for train ticket subsidy

The Indian Railways is planning to implement a "give it up" scheme asking passengers to sacrifice the subsidy on train tickets.

The railway has submitted a 100-day plan to the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) to increase the earnings.

Why this move?

Indian Railways recovers only 53 per cent of the cost of a ticket from a passenger, which puts additional pressure on the network in terms of earnings.

The remaining 47 per cent is given as subsidy to the passengers.

The official said the idea was to urge passengers to give up the subsidy on the train tickets -- like people were given the option of renouncing the subsidy on liquified petroleum gas (LPG) cylinders.

The passengers will have the option of buying the train ticket with or without subsidy.

LPG Give up Subsidy

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, after coming to power in 2014, urged people to sacrifice their subsidy on LPG cylinders.

Following his appeal, over 1.25 crore people responded positively. The Railways now wants to copy the success story.

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