Booking reserved train tickets: Indian Railways gets this big boost
In 2017-18, the share of Indian Railways tickets booked online along with the digital mode of payment have increased to 66 per cent of the total reservations, compared to only 60 per cent in 2016-17. The Minister of State for Railways Rajen Gohain said in the Rajya Sabha today.
Approximately 68 per cent of total reserved tickets were booked through digital means, till June 2018. "Apart from passenger ticket booking, which is the key operational area for enhancing digital transactions, Railways has also introduced digital payment modes like POS machines at goods/parcel locations and also catering," Gohain added.
Various cashless modes are available as net banking, credit/debit cards, cash cards, e-wallets and Unified Payment Interface (UPI)/Bharat Interface for Money (BHIM) on the IRCTC website, for booking the tickets.
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"To incentivise digital payments, the service charge on online bookings was withdrawn for tickets booked after November 23, 2016. The facility has been extended up to August 31, 2018," the minister said.