The Indian Railways has been trying hard for a while now to portray a more gender-sensitive image, and their new initiative reflects that.
What’s the buzz?
A recently-released Railway board circular says that, ‘It has been decided that a reservation quota of six berths in 3AC class of all Rajdhani, Duronto, fully air-conditioned trains should be earmarked for female passengers, irrespective of their age, travelling alone or in a group of female passengers.’
What should you know?
Indian Railways already offers a reservation quota of six sleeper class berths in every Mail or Express train for female passengers, travelling alone or in a group. Besides that, it also provides a quota of six berths per train in 3 AC of Garib Rath Express trains for women.
This new quota will be in addition to a combined quota of four lower berths per coach already allotted in AC 3-tier for senior citizens, female passengers above the age of 45, and pregnant women.
What’s our take?
Well, anything that makes the lives of female passengers easier is always welcome! How about they tackle cleanliness next?