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Devbrat Patnaik

Bhubaneswar/New Delhi: Indian Railways has always been concerned for its passengers and under the ministry's initiatives, an Optional Travel Insurance Scheme was launched with effect from September 1, 2016 for the Confirmed/RAC Railway passengers who book e-ticket through official website of Indian Railway Catering & Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) portal at the premium of Rs. 0.92 per passenger.

Under the scheme, sum assured is paid to the victim/family or legal heir of the victim as the case may be in case of death/injury of reserved passengers due to train accident/untoward incidents as defined under section 123 read with Sections 124 and 124A of the Railways Act, 1989, subject to the qualification that the coverage will be valid from the actual departure of train from the originating station to actual arrival of train at the destination station including ‘process of entraining’ and ‘process of detraining’ the train.

Subsequently, to promote digital/cashless transaction, insurance is being provided free of cost from December 10, 2016 to all the Confirmed/RAC Railway passengers buying online ticket from IRCTC and no premium is being charged from the passengers.

The sum assured to be given to victim/family or legal heir of the victim are as follows:-

(i) In case of Death- Rs 10 lakh,

(ii) Permanent Total Disability - Rs 10 Lakh,

(iii) Permanent Partial Disability up to- Rs 7.5 Lakh,

(iv) Hospitalization Expenses for Injury – Rs 2 Lakh,

(v) Transportation of mortal remains – Rs. 10 Thousand.

IRCTC, which is a wholly owned undertaking of Ministry of Railways has entered into an agreement with three Insurance Companies through Limited Tender, namely (i) Shriram General Insurance Company Ltd., (ii) ICICI Lombard General Insurance Company Ltd., & (iii) Royal Sundaram General Insurance Co. Ltd..

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Compensation liability of Railway for death or injury of Railway passengers in train accidents and untoward incidents is laid down in Section 124 and 124A read with Section 123 of Railways Act, 1989. The amount of compensation is Rs 8 Lakh in case of death and Rs 64000 to Rs 8 Lakh in the case of injury, depending upon the gravity of injury.

The insurance scheme is available to passengers of all reserved classes (SL, 1AC, 2AC, 3AC) of all trains (except passenger trains & sub-urban trains) for only tickets booked online on the IRCTC websites.

Passengers booking reserved tickets through the manually operated Railway reservation counters and those travelling on unreserved tickets are not entitled to avail this insurance scheme.

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