Railways to stop free travel insurance scheme

Railways to stop free travel insurance scheme

The Railways will not provide free travel insurance facility to its passengers from September 1.

The Indian Railways Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) has decided to stop free travel insurance from September 1, 2018, and will charge those who opt for insurance while booking tickets online.

Passengers who book tickets online will have to choose from two option-opt in or opt out of travel insurance. The IRCTC will soon announce the details on the charges.

Earlier, the IRCTC introduced free travel insurance to promote digital transactions in December 2017.

The IRCTC provided insurance covering Rs 10 lakh in case of death during a journey, Rs 7.5 lakh if a person is disabled due to an accident and Rs 2 lakh if injured and Rs 10,000 for transportation of mortal remains.

The IRCTC had tied up with several insurance companies to provide the service.

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