Most of us, especially the youngsters, who travel on trains and make overnight journeys, are familiar with a request made by the elderly or women co-passengers—the request to exchange the berth which has been officially assigned.
The Railways e-ticket booking website IRCTC went down on Friday evening. The website has been made available for maintenance activities causing inconvenience to the passengers. The website is used to book electronic tickets.
Railway Minister Piyush Goyal has said that the Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) will allow companies to supply their ready-to-eat meals directly to passengers on trains.
In a good news for passengers, they have to now pay less for booking tour packages with the Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC). Railway board chairperson Ashwani Lohani has directed for reduction in the service charge by 10 per cent — from 25 per cent to 15 per cent — levied on the tickets booked through IRCTC’s website.
To promote rail tourism in the country, the railways has asked its zonal arms and public sector undertakings to outsource their ticketing and catering works to IRCTC and concentrate on branding.
Indian Railways is likely to rope in big brands like Nestle, Brooke Bond, MTR, Haldirams and others to serve ready to eat meals on train.
To incentivise passengers to use the online ticket booking system and adopt cashless methods, Indian Railways is set to launch its own co-branded debit card and also hold monthly lottery draw to give 100% cash-back to 10 lucky passengers.
The Central Bureau of Investigation is probing some of the travel agents who are using a number of online software to trick the Tatkal booking systems at the IRCTC website.
Railway Minister Piyush Goyal has directed the IRCTC and the Centre for Railway Information Systems (CRIS) to strengthen cyber security in the wake of an alleged ticketing scam unearthed by the CBI.
Ever wondered why you could never book a confirmed Tatkal ticket online through Indian Railways Catering and Tourism Corporation Limited (IRCTC) website and your travel agent could easily manage it through the same railway ticket booking portal? An investigation by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has blown the lid off a major scam involving one of its own techies.