Restoration of service charges on e-tickets by IRCTC from September 1

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Withdrawn three years earlier as an attempt to boost digital payments, railways have decided to restore service charges on e-tickets bought through the IRCTC (Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation). According to the August 30 IRCTC order, IRCTC will levy a service charge of ₹ 15 a ticket for non-AC classes and ₹ 30 for AC classes, including first class.

 

The Goods and Services Tax will be applicable separately.An earlier service charge of ₹20 for non-AC and ₹40 for AC classes was charged. Earlier this month, the Railway Board gave its approval o the IRCTC to restore the service charges.

 

Waiver of service charges accounted for a drop of 26% in internet ticketing revenue in the financial year 2016-17. A letter dated August 30 stated that the service charges waiver was a temporary one and that the Railway Ministry could restart it.

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