The students studying in Madrasa, High Madrasa and Senior Madrasa will be able to get free Monthly Season Tickets (MSTs) in 2nd class in the trains, from today onwards. These free MSTs will be issued for journeys on 1st August 2009. This was announced by the Minister of Railways, Kumari Mamata Banerjee in the Railway Budget 2009-10. These free MSTs are to be issued directly from the station on production of the prescribed certificates from the Head of concerned Madrasas, recognized by the Ministry of Education, Government of India or the Education Department of the concerned state government or affiliated to a recognized university.
In addition, as per the Budget announcement, the Ministry of Railways has also decided that 60 per cent concession in the fares of Metro Rail Kolkata will be granted to both boy and girl students studying in schools/Madrasas/recognized vocational institutions upto classes academically equivalent to class XII with effect from 1st August 2009. Concession will be granted directly from Kolkata Metro stations on production of prescribed certificate from the Head of the concerned Schools or Madrasas or vocational institutions which recognized by Education Department of Government of West Bengal, or by Central Government (Ministry of Education), or are affiliated to recognized universities. The concession will be available to students for commuting daily between the station serving the place of residence and School/Madrasa/Vocational institute.