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India to introduce trains for young jobless

By Harmeet Shah Singh
CNN
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Officials propose to charge jobless $6 to travel up to 1,500 km
  • Ministry: Service will initially run between New Delhi and Mumbai/Kolkata
  • Minister: the The young generation is our asset and we are proud of them
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New Delhi, India (CNN) -- Indian authorities hope discount train tickets on air-conditioned trains may help the country fight its unemployment problem.

Indian railway authorities have announced plans to run fully air-conditioned budget trains for the country's young jobless.

The new service named Yuva -- meaning the youth -- will initially be introduced between New Delhi and Mumbai and New Delhi and Kolkata, in eastern India, the railway ministry said in a statement Tuesday.

Railway officials propose to charge 299 rupees or $6, for each passenger traveling up to 1,500 km in a Yuva train, a discount little less than half the normal fare in an air-conditioned train.

"The young generation is our asset and we are proud of them. Due to economic difficulties, poor youth are not able to travel on our trains," railway minister Mamata Banerjee said in a statement.

"These (Yuva) trains will be introduced between major cities to ensure that the youth and low-income groups can travel at low rates between these cities."

The service will be available to the unemployed in the ages of 15 to 45. For seat reservation, the passengers will be required to furnish evidence of unemployment, such as registration cards issued by state-run employment agencies, the ministry said.

In October, India's labor and employment minister, Mallikarjun Kharge, noted that the country had 10.8 million jobless people.