New Delhi: The Ministry of Railways on Monday announced that the Income Certificate issued by Members of Legislative Assemblies (MLAs) of various States and Union Territories will also be accepted for issue of “Izzat’ monthly Season Tickets (MSTs) for the benefit of persons working in unorganized sectors.
This provision will be effective from July 1, 2011.
This facility will be in addition to the five kinds of certificates already permitted under the ‘Izzat’ Scheme.
Under ‘Izzat’ scheme, Monthly Season Tickets (MSTs) at the rate of Rs 25 per month per person are issued for the benefit of persons working in unorganized sector with monthly income not exceeding Rs 1500 for travel up to 100 KM from the station serving their place of residence.
Presently, the ‘Izzat’ MSTs are issued on production of either an income certificate from the District Magistrate or from Lok Sabha Members, or letters of recommendation from a Union Minster or Rajya Sabha Member to the DRM, or BPL card or any other certificate issued by Central Government under a recognized poverty alleviation programme and) under exceptional circumstances, DRMs are also authorized to issue income certificates.
In addition to the above, Ministry of Railways have now decided that the income certificates issued by MLAs of various States and Union Territories will also be accepted for issue of ‘Izzat’ MSTs subject to some conditions.
These conditions are that the MLAs should issue income certificates to persons belonging to their constituencies only and in a prescribed format.
The income certificate issued by MLAs will be one-time use only and the original Income Certificate issued by MLA will be retained by the Railway staff at the time of issue of ‘Izzat’ MST.
A fresh income certificate from the concerned MLA will be required every time the concerned person approaches the station for purchase of ‘Izzat’ MST.
This provision is being done on pilot basis for a period of three months.
All Zonal Railways have been requested to send monthly figures of usage of ‘Izzat’ MSTs, based on which a review will take place.(INN)