Initiatives by railways to promote digitalisation

To push Narendra Modi’s dream of going digital, Indian Railways have been promoting digital transactions lately.

Below-mentioned schemes have been introduced for promoting such transactions –

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1) The facility for booking tickets online through credit cards, debit cards, and e-wallets are available now.

2) Point of Sale (POS) machines are being installed at various locations. These include Passenger Reservation System (PRS), and Unreserved Ticketing System (UTS) booking counters, and Parcel/Goods locations under an agreement with State Bank of India.

3) 0.5% discount is given on purchase of season tickets through digital means with effect from 01.01.2017 up to 31.03.2018.

4) Numerous Automatic Ticket Vending Machines (ATVMs) have been introduced in order to boost the sale of unreserved railway tickets. The payment can be made through smart cards.

5) An optional travel insurance scheme which covers up to Rs. 10 lakh at a premium of Rs 0.92 for confirmed/RAC passengers has been extended if the tickets are booked online from 10.12.2016 to 31.08.2018.

6) Also, 5% discount is provided for digital payment of catering services. The date has been extended up to 31.03.2018. Provisions have been made in new Catering Policy 2017 for installation of the facility for cashless transactions via POS/ Swipe machine, etc. in all the mobile and static units.

7) 01.01.2017 onwards, 5% discount is given on online booking of retiring rooms.