A good news to all the passengers booking their tickets online via IRCTC website. Recently, Indian Railways announced to extend the deadline of service charge exemption until June 30, 2017, from earlier March 31, 2017.
This service charge exemption move taken by Indian Railways to provide a comfortable and budgetary journey to the passengers would continue to some more months now. The limit of service charge exemption has extended to June 30.
To provide passengers one of the best traveling experiences and support Digital India dream of our Prime Minister, service charge was exempted for the passengers who booked their train tickets online.
Initially, this announcement was done to exempt the service charge for a short duration or we say for 4 months starting from November 23, 2016, to March 31, 2017.
But now, According to one of the officials of Indian Railways, Ministry of IT(Information and Technology) has advised Indian railways to further extend this exemption service to June.
Usually, passengers were asked to pay Rs.20-Rs.40/ticket of service charges on the train ticket booked online via IRCTC website.
After the historical day of the year 2016, November 8, 2017, where our Honorable Prime Minister Shri Narender Modi demonetized Indian Currency notes of Rs.500 and Rs.1000, the Indian Railways waived off service charges in order to promote digital booking of train tickets.
After demonetization, it was quite difficult for the Railway Minister to manage Indian Railways since more than 33% revenue of the IRCTC came from the service charge only that was collected from the passengers booking their tickets online.
As per last financial year reports, Rs 540 crore of Rs.1,500 crore of IRCTC revenue was from service charge only. Do you know, there are over 12 lakh train tickets booking online via IRCTC site that mean over 55% of the booking of railways across the country?
If Indian Railways is able to shift to passengers to online ticket booking, then a considerable amount of money would be saved which is otherwise consumed in maintaining ticket booths at the railway stations.
In a recent newspaper, it was published that this move taken by Indian Railways is just a step of Indian Railways towards supporting our honorable Prime Minister Shri Narender Modi’s decision of converting our worthy Indian to our Digital India.
Service charge exemption on online tickets booked by passengers is a great move taken by Indian Railways with an aim to support our Prime Minister and help him to convert our Indian Economy to digital economy.
This move would encourage online ticket booking and give additional comfort to the passengers in prickly hot and chilly winter season. Now they can sit inside their home and book the ticket without stepping out.
In the beginning, Indian Railways may find it difficult to manage this service charge exemption announcement but everything will settle down soon.
This great step by Indian Railways would benefit passengers and give them a happy and peaceful journey at a low price. Hopefully, you find this information useful.