New Delhi: In a setback for rail passengers, the Indian Railways has decided to restore the service charges on its e-tickets from September 1, which it had withdrawn after demonetisation to promote digital payments. Also Read - REVEALED! How Rohit Sharma Ensures Peak Fitness After Hamstring Injury
A senior Railway Ministry official said the Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC), which manages the online ticketing of the national transporter, will restore the service charges on the tickets booked from its platform. Also Read - Kejriwal Urges Centre to Cancel CBSE Board Exams 2021, Says Students’ Lives, Health More Crucial
He said the railways which earlier used to levy Rs 20 for tickets for non-air-conditioned coaches and Rs 40 for tickets for air-conditioned coaches as service charges, will now charge Rs 15 and Rs 30 for the non-AC and AC coaches’ tickets respectively. Also Read - UP Shocker: As Woman Hangs Herself to Death, Her In-Laws Shoot Video & Share on Social Media
He said the Goods and Services Tax (GST) will be applicable separately on each ticket.
The service charges were withdrawn in late 2016 after demonetisation to promote digital payments.
The official pointed out that after the service charges were discontinued, the IRCTC saw a drop of over 26 percent in Internet ticketing revenue.