No free travel cover in trains from September 1: Railways

New Delhi, Aug 11 (IANS) The Indian Railways won’t provide free travel cover to its passengers starting September 1, on Saturday the official said.

A senior Railway Ministry official said that the Indian Railways Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) has made a decision to stop free travel cover starting September 1 and “the choice of free insurance will be optional”.

Travellers while booking tickets through its website or mobile application must pick from two options: to opt-in or opt-out of travel cover.

He said that in a bid to market the digital transaction, since December 2017 the IRCTC has been giving free travel cover to passengers.

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The railways had earlier also waived off ticket booking charge for users who make payments via debit cards.

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The insurance supplied by the IRCTC had a maximum cover of Rs 10 lakh in the event of a person’s death throughout a train journey, Rs 7.5 lakh in case a person is disabled because of a major accident, Rs 2 lakh if injured and Rs 10,000 for transportation of mortal remains.

The order to charge for the travel cover will undoubtedly be generated in just a few days.

However, the total amount yet is not disclosed.