New Delhi: The extension of rail fare concession for the visually and mentally challenged travelling in Rajdhani and Shatabdi trains will take effect from July 1, a Railway Ministry official said on Friday.

"The concession for both categories will be 25 per cent in AC III tier and AC chair car in Rajdhani and Shatabdi trains," said a senior Railway Ministry official, adding the “same concession would also be admissible to one escort accompanying the person."

The concession will be effective for tickets purchased on or after July 1 this year, he added.

Currently the concession for the visually challenged is 75 per cent in sleeper class, AC chair  car and AC III tier and 50 per cent in AC II tier and AC first class for the mentally challenged in all trains except Rajdhani and Shatabdi.

For the visually challenged to avail of the concession, a certificate issued by a government doctor or Head of the Institution for the Blind, listed in IRCA Coaching Tariff, is required, while the mentally challenged should produce the former certificate.