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Rail concession to film technicians

NEW DELHI: The Railways Ministry has decided to extend the concession in rail travel to technicians of regional film industry when traveling for film production related work with effect from this month.


Extension of concession in rail travel to technicians of regional film industries was announced by the Minister of Railways, Mamata Banerjee, while presenting the Railway Budget 2010-11 in the Parliament. Under this scheme, the element of concession will be 75 per cent in Sleeper Class and 50 per cent in First Class, AC Chair-Car, AC3-tier and AC 2-Tier. 


This concession will be admissible in all trains including Rajdhani, Shatabdi and Jan Shatabdi trains. The concession will however, not be admissible in Duronto, Yuva and Garib Rath trains. In case of tickets already issued for travel on and after 1st July 2010, refund of difference of fares will not be admissible.


A total number of 31 regional film industries are entitled for this concession. These are Assamese, Avadhi, Bagada, Bengali, Bhojpuri, Bodo, Chhattisgarhi, Dimasha, Garhwali, Gujrati, Haryanvi, Kannada, Khasi, Kodava, Konkani, Lambani, Maithili, Malayalam, Manipuri, Marathi, Mizo, Nagamese, Nagpuri, Oriya, Punjabi, Rajasthani, Rajbanshi, Santhali, Tamil, Telugu and Tulu. The concession facility will also be applicable in case of technicians of Hindi film industry.


Only those technicians who are registered with authorised associations of film employees are eligible for this concession.


The 15 categories of film technicians who are eligible for this concession include Cinematographers, Editors, Art Directors, Costumers, Outdoor Unit Lightmen, Outdoor Unit Technicians, Carpenters, Still Photographers, Stunt Artists, Movie Still Cameramen, Music Composers, Musicians, Dancers & Dance Directors, Set Workers, Sound Recordist.


This concession is not valid in case of season tickets, circular journey tickets and tickets for local/Suburban/passenger trains. The concession will not be granted inside the train, that is. if the concerned person enters the train without proper ticket or extends journey on concession tickets or changes the ticket to higher class, no concession will be granted inside the train.


Only one concession (film technician/senior citizen, etc) shall be admissible at a time. In case of Rajdhani, Shatabdi and Jan Shatabdi trains, the concession will be granted on the all inclusive fare of the concerned class. In other trains, the concession will be calculated in the basic fare and. all other charges will be levied in full.


For issuing of concession certificate and ticket, the Producer will prepare a list of technicians indicating name, identity card numbers and name of the Employee Association in the proforma available on the website of the Ministry of Railways. The President/Secretary of the concerned Producers‘ Association will forward the application of the Producer to the DRM‘s Office alongwith the original photo identity cards issued by the Employees Association, of all technicians.


Verification of documents will be done by the DRM‘s Office, after which a letter of authorization will be issued by the Railway authorities. The producer/representative will present this letter of authorization at the booking counter for issue of tickets. The original identity cards should be carried during journey for verification by the TIE/Conductor.
 

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