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Now let's address some troll Qs:

Q: Tickets are not being sold at counter but are paid in advance?
A: Yes, not being sold at the station to avoid crowd, but being sold through the Govt. That is why it says "Advance" payment.
Where they pay makes no difference to the worker.
Q: Is Central Govt paying 85% of the ticket price?

A: No. This is a classical distraction to confuse everyone. This is a notional subsidy (usually 53%, but now 85% due to lesser numbers etc) built into passenger fares. There is NO concession on actual ticket price.
Q: Won't the Railways go in losses?

A: Yes, it would add a small amount to Railway's losses. It is a PSU, its objective is not just to make profit.

Railway ran free trains for Nepalese citizens after 2015 earthquake. Why can't it do so for Indian citizens?
Q: Wont there be an impossible crowd if we don't charge passengers?

A: Not necessary. State Govts have already identified migrants who want to go back. They can select and inform passengers for each train, even if travel is free. Money is not the only way to control.
Q: If you make it free, then won't everyone want to go back?

A: Those who have any assurance of livelihood won't go back to villages that offer no jobs. Those who have no job, no money and no hope will go back. You can't stop them anyway. They will walk.
Shall we now ask some real Qs?
Q1: Were the states asked to pay for free evacuation of Indians from abroad?
Q2: Who owns Railways?
Q3: If we can't run free trains for workers, shouldn't we scrap our space mission?
Q4: At whose behest are the workers being held hostage?
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