RAILWAY SERVANTS (PASS) RULES,1986 (1993 EDITION)
Schedule V - Widow Pass
No. of Passes Admissible in a year
1. Widows of those Railway servants who were in service on 12.3.87 and opted for the scheme of Widow Pass or widows of those Railway servants who joined service on or after 12.3.87 and are compulsorily governed under the scheme of Widow Pass are eligible for Widow Passes. In such cases of Railway employees who have opted for the scheme of Widow Pass or those who are compulsorily governed under this scheme, shall be eligible for 4 sets of PTOs in a calendar year while in service.
2.[ Widows of Railway Servants who were in service prior to 12.3.1987 will be eligible to be admitted to the scheme of 'Widow Pass' scheme on a one-time payment of Rs. 250.
Note: The payment may be accepted in cash by the Divisional Cashier or by way of a Demand Draft in favour of the F.A.&C.A.O. of the Railway from where the widow wishes to draw the pass.]1
3.[ Widows of Railway Servants who had opted out of the scheme of Widow Pass will also be eligible to be admitted to the scheme of 'Widow Pass' scheme on a one-time payment of Rs. 250.]2 4. 4. [The Railway Servants who got permanently absorbed in Public Sector Undertakings/Autonomous bodies prior to 12.3.1987 and were in receipt of post-retirement complimentary passes, their widow will also be admitted to the 'Widow Pass' scheme on a one-time payment of Rs. 250.]3
Half the number of Post retirement Complimentary Passes that the Railway servant was either receiving at the time of his demise after retirement or in case of death in service would be notionally eligible to receive by reckoning the date of death as the date of retirement provided that:
a. The widow(s) of a Group 'D' Railway employee entitled (or notionally entitled) to one set of Post-retirement Complimentary pass every alternate year, shall be entitled to one set of Complimentary Pass every alternate year.
b. The widow(s) of any Railway employee, who dies while in service, shall be entitled to a minimum of one set of Pass every alternate year. Thus, she will be eligible to one set of Pass in two years, even if the service of the employee before death falls short of the requisite service prescribed for entitlement for Post-retirement Complimentary Passes
3. Widows/their dependents who are eligible for such Passes should be issued Family Identity Cards by the Railway Administration and the same should be carried by them during their journey.
4. In case there is more than one widow the passes for widows shall be given by rotation in a specified year
Note: [Since all the posts carrying GP 1800 in PB-1 have been classified as Group ‘C’, the employees retiring from these Group ‘C’ posts in PB-1 GP Rs. 1800 would automatically be entitled for Post Retirement Complimentary Passes /widow passes as per Group ‘C’ entitlement.]16
(i) The class of Pass would be same as is admissible to the Railway employees on retirement or what would be admissible notionally if the date of death is reckoned as the date of retirement.
(ii) Other terms and conditions would be the same as are applicable to Privilege Passes except that:
(a) [Dependent relatives are not entitled to be included in such Passes. However, dependant widow mother of the deceased Railway employee may be included in the Widow Pass as a family member of the widow.]4
(b) Widow will not be entitled to this facility if she becomes otherwise entitled to the Pass facility due to her son's employment in Railways or on her own employment on the Railways or on her re-marriage.
[However the widow may exercise an option either to avail of pass facility as a dependant widow mother by getting her name included in the privilege pass drawn by her son/daughter or she may draw pass(es) as per her entitlement under the 'widow pass' scheme. Option once exercised shall be final and irreversible.]5
(c) [Widows who are appointed on compassionate grounds may be given an option to be exercised at the time of appointment whether they would like to avail of the pass facilities as a Railway servant or would like to continue the entitlement under the Widow Pass scheme Option once exercised shall be final.
At the time of retirement/ quitting Railway service, a similar option may be given to such Widows either to be governed by the Widow Pass Scheme or to be governed by the Postretirement Complimentary Pass Scheme in her capacity as a retired Railway servant and in accordance with her status. Such option once exercised shall be final.]6
[Note: Widows of railway employees who are appointed as apprentice on compassionate grounds in Artisan Category may be allowed to avail of pass under the Widow Pass Scheme till such time they are given regular appointment on completion of training. Thereafter they will be required to give their option as brought out in para [c] above.]7
(d) ["Senior Citizen 1st/1st 'A' Widow Pass holders can carry a Companion in lieu of an Attendant subject to the following conditions - ]8
i. The facility of a Companion will be provided only on the 1st Class /1st 'A' Widow Passes in which there is already a provision to carry an Attendant as per the Railway Servants (Pass) Rules, 1986.
ii. The facility of a Companion will be allowed only to Widow Pass holders who are above the age of 65 years.
iii. The facility of a Companion in lieu of attendant will be permitted only when the pass holder and/or eligible members of family above the age of 65 years will be travelling along with the Companion in Sleeper / 2nd Class. In other words, if any other eligible member of the family below the age of 65 years is included in the pass, then the facility of travel in Sleeper /2nd Class with a Companion will not be permitted.
[The Widow Pass holders are also allowed to take a companion alongwith them in higher class on payment of full difference of fare between Sleeper Class /II Class and the class in which the Ist Class / Ist ‘A’ Class Widow Pass holder travels.]9
Accordingly, Senior Citizen 1st Class/ 1st Class 'A' Widow Pass holders will have the option either to carry an "Attendant" in Sleeper/2nd Class while they themselves are travelling in 1st Class/ AC 2-tier or carry a "Companion" in Sleeper/2nd Class in lieu of an "Attendant" if the pass holder themselves travel in Sleeper/ 2nd Class. In case a Companion is preferred to an attendant, the pass issuing authorities shall obtain a specific request for the same from the Widow Pass holder and mention the ages of the persons not less than 65 years to be included in the pass and the following endorsement shall be made on the pass:
[Companion in lieu of Attendant is permitted only when the pass holder and/or other family member of more than 65 years of age is/are travelling in Sleeper Class/II Class]10 [or in higher class on payment of full difference of fare between Sleeper Class /II Class and the class in which the Widow Pass holder travels.]9
(iv) [The Ist Class /Ist ‘A’ Widow Pass holder of 70 years of age and above will be permitted a companion in the same class in all trains including Rajdhani /Shatabdi trains by paying 1/3rd of difference of fare between Sleeper Class /II Class and the class in which the widow of the railway employee travels, and the following endorsement shall be made on the pass:-
“Companion in lieu of attendant will be permitted only when the pass holder and other family member(s) more than 70 years of age is / are traveling in SL/II Class in trains other than Rajdhani/Shatabdi express, or in higher class by paying 1/3rd of the difference of fare between SL /II Class and the class in which the pass holder /family member(s) above 70 years of age is/are traveling in all trains, including Rajdhani /Shatabdi trains, subject to existing restriction regarding number of berths”.]11
[Children born out of void marriages are not eligible for inclusion in the Pass of a widow of a Railway servant.]12
[Passes issued to widows shall he valid for travel in Rajdhani/Shatabdi Express trains, on the same conditions as are applicable to Railway employees of equivalent status. A special endorsement to this effect shall be made by the pass issuing authority, also indicating the class and number of berths allowed in the pass.]13
[Sr. Subordinates in grade Rs. 5000-8000 and above, who are also in direct and independent charge of the Establishment may issue/sign Widow Passes also.]14
Condition for issue of Widow Passes
(ii) This scheme will also not apply to Casual Labour unless they are absorbed against regular posts. Till the Casual Labour are so absorbed, they will continue to get 6 sets of PTOs in a year otherwise admissible to them instead of 4 sets of PTOs admissible to others who opt for the scheme of Widow Passes.
(iii) [Facility of passes to available to the widow of a male Railway employee shall be available to the widower of a female railway employee.]15
1. Railway Board's letter No. E(W) 95/PS 5-1/29 dated 24.04.1998 (RBE 83/1998) Advance Correction Slip No. 7
2. Railway Board's letter No. E(W) 98/PS 5-1/55 dated 12.03.2001 (RBE 52/2001) Advance Correction Slip No. 33
3. Railway Board's letter No. E(W) 95/PS 5-1/29 dated 06.08.1999 (RBE 197/1999) Advance Correction Slip No. 16
4. Railway Board's Letter No. E(W)96 PS 5-8/2 dated 24/7/2000 (RBE 142/2000) Advance Correction Slip No. 26
5. Railway Board's letter No. E(W)95 PS5-1/29 dated 21/12/1999 (RBE 312/1999) Advance Correction Slip No. 20.
6. Railway Board's letter No. E(W)95 PS5-1/29 dated 13.06.2003 (RBE 98/2003) Advance Correction Slip No. 40
7. Railway Board's letter No. E(W)95 PS5-1/29 dated 08.01.2007 (RBE 5/2007) Advance Correction Slip No. 52
8. Railway Board's letter No. E(W)96 PS 5-8/2 dated 24.07.2000 (RBE 142/2000) Advance Correction Slip No.26
9. Railway Board's letter No. E[W]96 PS5-8/2 dated 15-6-2007 (RBE No.89/2007) Advance Correction Slip No.55
10. Railway Board's letter No. E(W)96 PS 5-8/2, dated 19.1.2001 (RBE No. 14/2001) Advance Correction Slip No. 30
11. Railway Board's letter No. E[W]96 PS5-8/2 dated 09.09.2009 [RBE No.164/09] Advance Correction Slip No. 66
12. Railway Board's letter No. E(W)99PS5-1/29 dated 13.9.2002 (RBE 162/2002)
13. Railway Board's letter No. E(W)/95 PS 5-1/33 dated 6.1.2000 (RBE no.4/2000)
14. Railway Board's letter No. E(W)95 PS5-1/17 dated 28.5.2004 (RBE No. 80/2004)
15. Railway Board's letter No. E(W) 97/PS 5-8/3 dated 31.03.1998 Advance Correction Slip No. 6