The Railway Ministry has announced that from 15 February 2016, individual users will be able to book only 6 train tickets online per month on the Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation Limited (IRCTC) website. Before this, individual users could book a maximum of 10 tickets per month. The existing rule of getting to book 2 Tatkal tickets between 10AM and 12PM in a day and 2 advance reservation period (ARP) tickets between 8AM-10AM in a day will be stayed. The Ministry said that this step was taken after it noticed that 90% of users were booking upto 6 tickets every month, while only 10% were booking more than 6 tickets, and which the Ministry also suspects as touts. It feels that the new rule as such will discourage touts from hogging tickets. Readers would note that in March last year, IRCTC implemented a new rule allowing only one ticket booking per user in one login session between 8AM and 12PM. It said that this move would help reduce the number of transactions made by the agents and like, as they would need to login after each transaction. Additionally, in April, it also introduced 9 more rules including disabling the quick book option, disallowing ticket agents to book from 8AM to 8:30AM among other hours for tatkal, no mobile wallet or cash cards payment from 8AM to 12PM etc. MediaNama’s take: The new rule is kind of restrictive, but also surprising because supposedly 90% of IRCTC users book only 6…
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