IRCTC asked to scrap online booking charge till...

IRCTC asked to scrap online booking charge till December 31

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Buying train tickets online could soon be cheaper as the government has proposed to scrap or substantially reduce the service charge on such bookings. The Indian Railway Catering & Tourism Corporation, a subsidiary of the Indian Railways that handles online bookings, charges Rs 40 on every ticket purchased for air-conditioned classes and Rs 20 for non-AC sleeper classes.

The service charge won’t be collected on bookings from November 23 to December 31 to help passengers and incentivise online payments, IRCTC said in an update on its website. The government demonetised high-denomination currency notes on November 9. In the wake of the cash crunch in the country because of the demonetisation, the railways wants to digitise its entire payment receiving mechanism.

The move is also a priority on the Prime Minister’s cashless economy project, which is being spearheaded by Union ministers Piyush Goyal and Ravi Shankar Prasad.

“We have suggested IRCTC either do away or substantially reduce the service charge as the Prime Minister wants that online transactions should not be expensive than over-the-counter payments,” a senior government official said.
“They could expand their on-board catering business, which is much more profitable, and look at other avenues like setting up premium lounges at stations.”


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Service charge is mere Rs.40 plus some change…the biggest douchbaggery on the gov’s part is they have included flat RS.300 extra on some trains even if you book the ticket 3 months in advance. What’s the use of advance booking? They killed ‘Duronto’ trains. Duronto was fully AC class with premium fare, atleast we were assured of a AC ticket now it’s like any other ordinary train with premium fare. The dynamic fare doesn’t make sense at all.
Prabhu made promise.. ticket for everyone.. and this is how he is implementing. Hike the train fare and make tatkal tickets equivalent to flight fare so that people would prefer to take a flight. Rs.10000 increment per flight to develop airports in smaller cities again indicate the same.