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.

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.

–IANS

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