Ladies Rail quota


New Delhi, February 27: The Railways have decided to offer unutilised berths on trains under the ladies quota to wait-listed women passengers first and then to senior citizens.
The quota now remains open for booking till the reservation chart is prepared and after that the unutilised quota is released to wait-listed passengers, irrespective of their gender.
In a circular dated February 15, the Railway Board has written to all the commercial managers, conveying its decision to “modify the logic of utilising accommodation earmarked under the ladies quota”.
According to the circular, at the time of preparing the chart, the unutilised quota for female passengers will be released first to wait-listed female passengers, followed by senior citizens. “If there are no such passengers and the berths are left vacant, the on-board ticket checking staff shall be authorised to allot this accommodation to any other lady passenger/senior citizen…,” the circular said.
According to the existing system for all trains with reserved sleeping accommodation, a combined quota of 6 lower berths per sleeper-class coach and 3 lower berths per AC 3-tier and AC 2-tier coach is available for senior citizens, female passengers of 45 years of age and above and pregnant women.
In Rajdhani, Duronto and fully air-conditioned or express trains, 4 lower berths are earmarked under this quota in AC 3-tier coaches. (PTI)