Reports in a section of media that Railways has been charging extra fares from passengers is misleading and not based on all the facts, the Indian Railways has clarified. Quashing all such reports the government said that despite low occupancy, Railways has been running trains in Covid times and operating in public welfare. A statement further clarified that Railways is running special trains to clear the festival rush and as per established practice, the fare for such festival trains has been kept a little higher since 2015. Nothing new is being done this year, the national transporter added. Even in special fare case, passengers in Sleeper class are not being charged more than ₹15.