Railway ministry asks IRCTC to share 50% of income from comfort payment


Monday onwards, half the income that accrues to Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Company (IRCTC) by means of the comfort payment on prepare tickets will go to the Ministry of Railways. Officers within the know informed Enterprise Customary IRCTC’s administration would meet on Friday to determine a technique to safeguard revenues.

In line with IRCTC’s Annual Report, it earned Rs 299.13 crore from the comfort payment (additionally known as service cost) throughout 2020-21. These positive factors had been decrease owing to the autumn in railway ticket bookings after the pandemic got here. IRCTC had earned Rs 349.64 crore in 2019-20.

“The ministry of railways has conveyed its determination to share the income earned from the comfort payment collected by IRCTC within the ratio of fifty:50 with impact from November 1,” IRCTC stated in a discover to the inventory exchanges.

Earlier than 2014, there was no sharing of service cost between IRCTC and the Railways although the latter determined the quantity of the cost.

Sharing began in 2014 within the ratio of 80:20 between IRCTC and the Indian Railways. The ratio was modified to 50:50 in 2015 however the cost remained withdrawn for 3 years from November 2016.

Earnings from the comfort payment was the biggest income earner for IRCTC in 2020-21. It is because earnings from the catering and complete providers fell from Rs 512.45 crore in 2019-20 to Rs 87.31 crore in 2020-21 attributable to Covid-related restrictions.

“After this transfer, investor confidence will probably be hit arduous. The federal government will earn roughly Rs 350-400 crore as further income, however the impression on the valuation of IRCTC is more likely to be huge,” stated an analyst at a big brokerage.

“These strikes will harm sentiment as regards different public sector shares,” he added.


A senior official stated IRCTC booked round 700,000 tickets a day through the pre-pandemic interval. “This has now risen to round 1.3 million a day. So even when the ministry takes half the income, IRCTC’s backside line won’t change a lot,” a senior official stated.

Additional, since gross sales on the counter are restricted, these by means of IRCTC have risen. The choice of elevating the service cost shouldn’t be dominated out, the official added.

Balaji Subramanian, analyst at IIFL Securities, stated the impression of the transfer could be vital as a result of this was essentially the most worthwhile section and loved an 80 per cent EBIT (earnings earlier than curiosity and tax) margin.

IRCTC levied a service cost at Rs 20 plus tax a ticket for non-air conditioned (AC) lessons and Rs 40 plus tax for AC lessons on reserved rail tickets booked by means of its platform until November 22, 2016.

With the scarcity of forex notes after demonetisation, the federal government pushed digital funds by waiving the service cost. This cost remained withdrawn from November 23, 2016, to August 31, 2019.

IRCTC resumed amassing the comfort payment on e-ticket bookings on September 1, 2019, on the price of Rs 15 plus items and providers tax (GST) a ticket for non-AC lessons and Rs 30 plus GST for AC lessons (together with first-class). For BHIM/UPI funds, the comfort payment is being charged at a decreased price of Rs 10 plus GST a ticket for non-AC lessons and Rs 20 plus GST for AC lessons.

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