Indian Railways: In the year 2021-21, due to Corona epidemic, trains were running less. Due to the prolonged lockdown, the train service was also kept closed, despite this Indian Railways has earned a lot in this financial year through Tatkal ticket charges and premium Tatkal charges. These things have been revealed through an RTI.
Railway made tremendous earnings immediately
Indian Railways has earned an additional Rs 403 crore through Tatkal ticket charges and Rs 119 crore on premium Tatkal tickets in 2020-21. Not only this, it has been revealed in RTI that the Railways has earned Rs 511 crore through dynamic fares in trains like Rajdhani, Shatabdi, Duronto.
Revealed in RTI
In response to the RTI Act of RTI activist from Madhya Pradesh, the Railways has said that till September of the financial year 2021-22, the Railways has collected Rs 353 crore through Tatkal ticket charges, Rs 89 crore through premium Tatkal tickets and Rs 240 crore through Dynamic Pay. Earned Rs.
Railway’s source of income
In 2019-20, when there were no restrictions, the Railways earned Rs 1313 crore through dynamic fares, Rs 1669 crore on Tatkal tickets and Rs 603 crore on premium tatkal tickets. These figures of the railways have come to the fore after the Parliamentary Standing Committee termed the tatkal ticket charge as unfair and said that it puts a burden on the passengers who are financially weak and suddenly they have to travel.
How much is charged Tatkal Charge
Tatkal ticket charge is levied equal to 10 per cent of the basic fare of the second class fare of the train. So for other categories, 30% of the basic fare is charged. The premium Tatkal version was introduced in select trains in 2014. 50% of Tatkal tickets are sold under the dynamic fare system. The parliamentary committee had also raised questions on dynamic pricing.