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Railways Launch RuPay Pre-paid Debit Card

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New Delhi, March 25, 2015: Railway passengers can now book their tickets, do shopping and pay service bills using RuPay pre-paid cards, as the IRCTC launched the debit card service here today.

The service was launched by the Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) in collaboration with the Union Bank of India and the National Payment Corporation of India.

"It is a union with your bank for customers' interest," Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu said here while launching the IRCTC-UBI RuPay pre-paid card. RuPay is India's own card payment gateway network like Visa and Master Card, and provides an alternative system for banks to provide a debit card service.

Mr Prabhu said Railways is partnering with banks and financial institutions to promote passengers' interest. "It is in line with Prime Minister Narendra Modi's financial inclusive programme as one does not need to have a bank account in UBI to have the card and you can avail it online also," Mr Prabhu said.

IRCTC chairman and managing director A K Manocha said the card is a first-of-its -kind in the market as both virtual as well as physical cards are being issued to customers in two variants.

Cards can be made available from UBI offices or through IRCTC online. Initially the service will be available for booking tickets and later on shopping and bill payments will be added.

Union Bank of India (UBI) Chairman and Managing Director Arun Tiwari said "the card holder will get free Rs 1 lakh accident insurance coverage as part of the benefits to customers." In order to make the card attractive, reward points will be given on each transaction.

One can have the card with a loading limit of Rs 10,000 with partial "Know Your Customer" (KYC) detail or Rs 50,000 loading limit with full KYC. Mr Manocha said the first five transactions per card every month done on IRCTC for purchase of train tickets will be free and no transaction charges will be levied to customers for six months only.

For every subsequent transaction post the free usage, customer will be charged Rs 10 per transaction.  The transaction charge would be Rs 10 per ticket for booking a ticket
through the card on the IRCTC portal. IRCTC had signed MoU with UBI for executing the RuPay card project. Source: PTI

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Rae Bareli train derailment: Death toll rises to 35


Rae Bareili, March 21, 2015: At least 35 persons were killed and around 150 others injured when the engine and two coaches of the Dehradun-Varanasi Janta Express derailed near Bachhrawan Railway Station on Friday.

According to railway spokesperson Anil Saxena, the train had to stop at Bachhrawan station but the locomotive driver overshot the signal, which resulted in the derailment of the engine and two adjoining coaches.

Divisional Commissioner, Lucknow, Mahesh Gupta said, "There could be more casualties in the mishap". The accident occurred at around 9.30 am near Bachhrawan Railway station, about 50 km from state capital, Lucknow.

Minister of State for Railways Manoj Sinha will visit the accident site later today. Railways have ordered an inquiry and announced a compensation of Rs 2 lakh to the next of kin of those killed in the accident.

While Rs 50,000 will be given to those injured seriously, Rs 20,000 will be given to people with minor injuries. Source:






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