Railways plans to shortlist travelling doctors to attend patients in trains

Keeping in mind the emergency medical needs of passengers, while travelling in a train, Railways has decided to use the services of doctors travelling in that particular train. While, it was done earlier also, the difference this time is the organized way in which the railway plans to do it.

Railways will sort out from the reservation charts the names of the doctors travelling in a particular train, prepare a separate travel chart of the doctors and hand it over to the train superintendent along with the reservation chart. Railways extend concession of 10% to doctors in train fare, who are willing to offer their services to passengers in need of medical attendance while travelling in a train. Preparing a separate chart will help the train’s superintendent as he can immediately call up the doctor, as and when the need arises.

The concessional scheme, however, has some practical problems in implementation. The certificates which are needed to be submitted by a doctor to avail the concession makes the process slightly tedious for the doctors, said a railway official. The officials are of the view that the scheme will attract more doctors if the process is slightly simplified. There is also a need to create more awareness about the scheme.


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  1. The scheme will have few takers if a doctor has to line up at reservation counter for over two hours to get a concession of 50-100 rupees. Railways is offering too little for doctor to take the trouble of getting concessional ticket which could only be procured from reservation counter rather than online. The concession is too low (10%) with lot of responsibility and work. Even nurse get 25% and journalist (50%) without any liability to rail passengers.
    The scheme is destined to be failure. I have never availed concession due to hassle of getting ticket from reservation counter for a paltry concession of few rupees only. The doctors who opt for the concession must be unemployed to queue up at counters for hours. I had requested the rail board to allow priority ticketing for doctors from counter meant for MLA, senior citizen, MP etc at New Delhi railway station but they are not bothered.

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