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No service charge on train e-ticket till March 2018, says Railways

Service charges on booking train tickets online through IRCTC ranges from Rs 20 to 40 per ticket.

By: PTI | New Delhi | Published: October 4, 2017 9:36 am
e-ticket, railway e-ticket fare, railway eticket fare, railway e-ticket charge, railway eticket charge, railway ticket tax, railway ticket fare, railway e-ticket, indian railways, indian express news The government had waived service charges after demonetisation in November last year to encourage digital modes of booking. (Representational Image)

Rail passengers will continue to enjoy service charge exemption on tickets booked online till March 2018. The government had waived service charges after demonetisation in November last year to encourage digital modes of booking. The facility had been extended to June 30 and then September 30. Service charges on booking train tickets online through IRCTC ranges from Rs 20 to 40 per ticket.

In a September 29 missive to the Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC), the ticketing agency of the railways, the Railway Board directed that the benefits be extended till March next year.

Senior railway officials say that almost 33 per cent of the IRCTC revenue comes from the service charge collected on online bookings. As per the revenue collection of the last financial year, about Rs 540 crore of IRCTC’s revenue of over Rs 1,500 crore came from ticket bookings.

An amount of around Rs 184 crore has not been realised from passengers on account of service charge and service tax thereon on reserved tickets booked online from November 23, 2016 to February 28, 2017, according to railways data.

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    taxpayer
    Oct 4, 2017 at 1:43 pm
    Service charge on e-ticketing, and accounting service charge is a big nonsense work being done by railways. To avoid this nonsense, government can hike the train fare to compensate service charges. Let us simplify rules, let us not put more rules and more non-productive work. We are killing the nation with useless and nonproductive rules. Additional work on account of nonproductive rules is silently killing the nation since every Tom- ad Harry are introducing additional rules. Additional rules are only for additional corruption. Let us realise that simplicity is THE BEST SOPHISTICATION. Ignoring this fact and acting smart is nothing but foolishness and b erous.
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      TIHAEwale
      Oct 4, 2017 at 9:58 am
      why till March 2018 when tickets are booked online Indian railways saves on manpower,stationery and cash handling charges to deposit it with
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