Train ticket Cancellation Rate Increased: Passengers usually start preparations for traveling by train very early in time and the first step is to buy a confirmed ticket. Many times, due to change in journey or other reasons, they have to cancel the ticket, on which the railway charges the cancellation fee. The question is whether GST will also be applicable on this fee?
On this apprehension of railway passengers, the Railways has issued a clarification. Railway has said that according to the statement issued on September 23, 2017, in case of cancellation of the ticket, the GST charged at the time of booking the ticket is also refunded along with the value of the ticket as per the Railway Rules.
However, on every cancellation of the ticket, the railway department levies some cancellation charge, which is applicable as per its refund rules. Railways will now also charge GST on this cancellation charge. The Railway Department has said that this GST will be taken as per the instructions of the Ministry of Finance. However, this fee will be applicable only on AC and first class tickets.
What is the cancellation charge on which ticket, according to the existing rules of the railway, if the confirmed ticket is canceled within 48 hours of the departure of the train, then Rs 240 on AC First Class, Rs 200 on AC Tier 2, Rs 180 on AC Tier 3 and Chair Car Rs.120 for sleeper class and Rs.60 for second class ticket is charged as cancellation charge. It is charged on a per passenger basis.
If the ticket is canceled within 12 hours of the departure of the train, then 25% of the ticket fare is charged. If the same confirmed ticket is canceled within 4 hours of the departure of the train, then 50% of the fare can be charged as cancellation charge.
After the preparation of the reservation chart, what are the rules for a general passenger e-ticket cannot be canceled after the chart is prepared. In such a case the user is asked to file TDR online. If users want, they can also track their status through IRCTC. If the ticket is not canceled or TDR is not filed before four hours of the departure of the train, then the passenger will not get any refund.
Apart from this, if your ticket is RAC, then it can be canceled up to 30 minutes before the departure of the train. Otherwise you will not get any refund. If the ticket has been booked in a family or group and some of the passengers have RAC tickets, then they can also be canceled up to 30 minutes before the departure of the train. On this, the passenger with a confirmed ticket will get a full refund.