Widow pass


  • Widows of those railway employees who were in service on 12.3.87 and opted for the scheme of Widow Pass OR Widows of those railway employees who joined service on or after 12.3.87 and are compulsorily governed under the scheme of Widow Pass are eligible for Widow Passes.
  • Widows of railway employees 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.
  • Widows of railway employees who had opted out of the scheme of Widow Pass will also be eligible to be admitted to the scheme of Widow Pass on a one-time payment of Rs. 250.

No. of Passes Admissible in a year

Half the number of Post retirement Complimentary Passes that the railway employee 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:

  • 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.
  • 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

Other conditions

  • Widows/their dependents who are eligible for such Passes should be issued Family Identity Card and the same should be carried by them during their journey.
  • In case there is more than one widow the passes for widows shall be given by rotation in a specified year.
  • The class of Pass would be same as is admissible to the Railway employees on retirement.
  • 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 family member of the widow *
  • 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 .
  • The facility of a Companion will be allowed on the 1st Class /1st 'A' Widow Pass holders who are above the age of 65 years.



*   Board's Letter No. E(W)96 PS5-8/2 dated 24/7/2000 (RBE 142/2000)



Tushar Kanti Nag (not verified)

Fri, 24/08/2012 - 21:55

Respected Sir,

              I am an Ex Railway Employee retired on 31-12-2011 and my wife is also an Ex Railway Employee retired on 31-03-2012. Both of we are getting complementary Passes as per Pass rules. If any one will die whether the alive employee may get complementary pass on both the side?

JRC Sarma (not verified)

Wed, 10/10/2012 - 18:47

My father worked as Station Master in Guntakal Division (SCR).
He expired on 25/05/2010. Now, my mother draws widow pension.

I have a query. Can any one answer it please.

She has a few health problems. Can she now avail CGHS facility?. If so, what is the process?

Dear Sir,

I, Syed Iftekhar Ali am working as the post of Technician-II. C&W/RGD under the Zonal Office Hajipur, Divisional Office- Danapur ECR. My date of appointment is 29-12-2001. I was appointed after the death of my father on the basis of compensation ground. And my Basic pay is Rs. 8220/-, pay scale- Rs. 5220-20200/- + Grade pay- Rs. 2400/-

                 Can my widow mother get the privilege pass. please give me full information in this context.




mere pitaji ki service 24yrs and 5 month hua tha aur 12 yrs bacha hua tha tab mere pitaji ki dehant ho gaya tha. Tab mera maa ko kitna set pass milega. according to pass rule.


Surjya Kanta Dhara

Wed, 27/11/2013 - 12:11

Dear Sir,

I am an employee in East Coast Railway.I lost my father in 1997-98.He was loco pilot in SER.My mother had applied for a widow pass at that time.But soon after she was effected by brain deseases continuously till 2006.So the procedure for geeting an applied widow pass could not be followed up.Now she seeks a widow pass.Where as the old pass of my father is  not with us as we have submitted at that time of application in Khurda office.Now the total file is missing at khurda office.So kindly let me know how she can be issued a widow pass.She is withdrawing her pension now.Does it helpful to issue the widow pass.Waiting for a positive response.


Surjya kanta Dhara

madanlal sahu

Fri, 07/02/2014 - 21:02



respected sir......

i am madan lal sahu presently rly employee at drm office habibganj bhopal at designation ; ctnc  (optg dept) i joined railway as a tnc on account of compensation ...due to the death of my father my father was a group d employee i was appointed on 3/11/89 as a tnc,till nw my widow mother was in my pass only by this time i was told there r sme changes in the rules nd had to tke seprate pass fr my mother's family pension is 3500 +da can she accomodate in my pass only rather of taking the seperate pass.....?  sir if possible plz also mention para/rule no acc to which this is posssible my pay scale is 9300-34800 grade pay 4600

thanking u 

ur sincerely

madan lal sahu

jugal kishore

Sun, 18/05/2014 - 14:40

sir main bikaner div pointsman. main father k wise service laga hu. meri mother mere sath pass leti thi. lekin ab clerk ne dene se mana kar diya. rule k ander nahi aata hai. meri  mother total pension 6600 hai. kya kisi rule ander main mother k pass mere sarh le saktha hu kya? plz tell me

My mother geting a pension.... and she getting a widow pass (privillage) in altrenate year... Now my mother is eligible to get the PTO pass
Give me postive result
Thanking You


Wed, 29/10/2014 - 13:45

Dear sir,
I have been appointed in railway on compassionate ground. I have three sisters(UM).My mother is having one sister included in widow pass as her UM daughter. On the other hand I am getting 2 sisters included in my privilege pass as unmarried depended sisters. Is it any violation of extant pass rules.

Rinki Bose

Fri, 01/01/2016 - 21:16

Hi Sir,

This is Rinki Bose daughter of  'Akhil kumar Bose' who were working in South Eastern railway and retired in 2006.

Recently, he passed away in July 2015 . I visited to Hooghly passes office West Bengal for widow passes of my mother, then they were asking for 'Pensioner booklets', but I don't have this booklet.

Can you please confirm that Employees of south Eastern railway get the Pensioner booklets ?, because I never saw that booklet.

Also confirm that Pensioner booklet is mandatory to get the Widow pass ?

This would be great help for me if you can reply of my questions.



Rinki Bose