Special services for the disabled and aged in 2016 Railway Budget
The 2016 Railway Budget has taken into consideration needs of the disabled and the aged. The Sarathi Seva that was started in the Konkan Railway to provide assistance to old and disabled passengers at stations will be extended to more stations. In this, a wheelchair along with an helper is provided free of cost to physically challenged passengers at nominated stations from coach to exit and back. Also, all A1 stations will have at least one toilet built which is accessible to the physically challenged.
Services like battery operated cars, porter and wheelchair services will be strengthened. All new railway stations will be built as per Accessible India guidelines so they are physically accessible to people with disabilities.
Seat quota for senior citizens has been increased by 50%. Quota of lower berth seats for the elderly has also been increased by the same. There are plans to install GPS-based digital display in all coaches giving details like upcoming stations which will benefit the hearing-impaired.