IRCTC Current Affairs

IRCTC inks MoU with CSC for delivery of rail tickets

The Common Service Centres (CSCs) Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) has signed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) for delivery of railway services through CSC centres. This will allow CSCs to work as IRCTC agents for train ticket bookings.

Key Facts

CSCs will now be able to book general tickets. Under the agreement, all 2.9 lakh CSCs spread across the country will be able to book both reserved and unreserved train tickets. All CSCs will be connected with technology for railway ticket booking.

Moreover, Government is planning to empower CSCs to act as banking correspondents and to sell insurance too in the future. It is also pushing private sector participation in providing digital services through these platforms. Thus, these centres apart from providing digital literacy will provide services like Aadhaar payments, pension, banking, and insurance.

Common Service Centres (CSC)

CSC is an initiative of Ministry of Electronics & IT (MeitY). It is strategic cornerstone of Digital India programme. It is pan-India network catering to regional, geographic, linguistic and cultural diversity of country, thus enabling Government’s mandate of a socially, financially and digitally inclusive society.

There are as many as 2.91 lakh CSCs operate in the country today. They are mostly ICT enabled front end service delivery points at village level for delivery of government and private services. These CSCs serve as access points for delivery of essential public utility services, social welfare schemes, financial, healthcare, education and agriculture services, apart from host of B2C services to citizens in rural and remote areas of the country. They also serve as change agents by promoting rural entrepreneurship and building rural capacities and livelihoods.

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IRCTC Next Generation e-Ticketing System: Ministry of Railways launches new user interface

Union Ministry of Railways has launched new user interface of its Next Generation e-Ticketing (NGeT) System on Indian Railway’s Online Travel Portal (www.irctc.co.in). Through NGeT system, Indian Railways new online ticket booking system provides user-friendly, easy and fast way of booking rail tickets by automating journey planning and purchase of tickets. It was launched as part of Union Government’s Digital India’ initiative to harness power of technology and in making lives easier for citizens of India.

Features of New User Interface of NGeT System


Using it user can now enquire and search trains and also check availability of seats without logging in the system, thereby saving time of the users. They also can now change font size of website for comfortable viewing.

It will provide enhanced class-wise, train-wise, destination-wise, departure and arrival time wise and quota-wise filters for facilitating customer while planning their journeys. It also arranges information about train including train no, train name, originating and destination station and distances between them, arrival and departure time and journey time on single screen information.

It also has new features for payments such as My Transactions which will help user to view their booked tickets based on Booking Date, Journey Date, Upcoming Journey and completed journey. It also has waitlist prediction which will allow user to get probability of wait-listed or RAC tickets getting confirmed.

It also has journey planner page, history of all journeys, bookings, cancellation. User can find out availability for entire Advance Reservation Period (of 120 days), except for few trains in improvised page. User can perform multiple activities through booked history with improved interface for cancellation of tickets, printing of tickets, request for additional SMS, selecting alternative train and change of boarding point if required.

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