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Drive on overcharging



Overcharging relates to the charges collected by service staff of mobile/static units of licensee/ departmental from passengers for any food & beverages items over and above approved rate or printed MRP prescribed/fixed by IRCTC/Railway Board. Lesser quantity served than what is prescribed is also overcharging. 

1.0 TYPES OF OVERCHARGING 
• Overcharging on Tea & Coffee 
• Overcharging on Meals 
o Adding extra dish without order of passengers 
o Charging on account of non availability of change 
o Charging extra for chilled PDW bottle 
o Adding items to combo meals without order of passengers and not as per 
prescribed menu. 
• Overcharging of PAD items over and above printed MRP 

2.0 ACTIONS TO CURB OVERCHARGING 
• Drive on overcharging 
• Pasting of Bilingual  Menu Stickers in Mail/Express trains 
• Letter issued to licensees to stop overcharging 
• Instructions to QCPs to cover this particular aspect in their inspections. 
• Time to time counseling of licensees and their service staff. 
• Punitive action against licensee on overcharging. 
• Rounding off to amount in Rupee. 

2.1 Drive on overcharging – The drive is conducted to check the overcharging by the licensee 
while serving various standard food items and proprietary articles food products such as 
packaged drinking water, biscuits, cold drinks, etc. These drives have resulted in drastic 
reduction of complaints from the passengers on quantity of food items and overcharging as 
stringent action has been taken against the defaulting licensee. 
Whenever Control Offices come across telephonic complaint on overcharging, the same are 
being redressed on-line by the concerned control office who interacts with the pantry car staff & 
passengers on the spot.  

2.2 Complaint Management System (CMS)

On-line Complaint Management System has been introduced to facilitate the passengers for 
lodging their online complaint by logging on our website at www.irctc.com. Complaint is sent 
directly to the concerned licensee for immediate submission of comments. A unique complaint 
number is allotted to the complainant for viewing the status by the complainant at any time. An 
auto-generated reply with the unique complaint number is sent to the complainant mail id. This 
system is also assessable with all the Zonal/Regional/Corporate Officers. In addition to this, we 
are also in process of automizing inspections in CMS. QCPs & IRCTC officials will be able to directly feed in their inspections in Mobile & Static inspection formats in CMS.  

2.3 National Toll Free No.

A toll free no. 1800111139 has been launched for swift redressal of complaints & suggestions 
conveyed by passengers on phone. Passengers can call this no. from train as well without any 
charges & register their grievance/suggestion at complaint cells of Zonal control offices which 
are 24 x 7operational. The coverage of the toll free number has been done by some of the leading 
newspapers and the same is also printed in the menu cards and tray mats. An advertisement is 
also underway for nationwide publicity. 

2.4 Complaints through SMS

In order to facilitate another option of lodging complaint/suggestion by passenger, facility of 
receipt of complaint through SMS on 9711111139 has already been started. This will enable the 
travelling passengers to get their complaints redressed by quickest means.  

2.5 Control Offices - 24 X 7 Operation

In order to monitor the quality of catering services overall, Central Control has been set up at 
New Delhi which is fully equipped with Phone, Fax,  PC with broadband connectivity and 
scanner and round the clock operational. All the zonal offices are also having Zonal control 
offices to monitor the quality of catering services. The control offices monitor the VIP 
movements, redressal of telephonic complaints as well as monitoring of tourism trains. In case of 
any abnormality of train operation, control offices informed all concerned service provider for 
making provision of catering services so as to avoid any public complaint. Our Zonal Control 
Offices nos. & Central Control no. are as under:- 
Control Office at New Delhi:   011-23221147  
Control Office at Mumbai:   022-22618067 
Control Office at Kolkata:  033-26601743 
Control Office at Chennai:   044-25353341 
Control Office at Secunderabad:  040-27716145 
Central Control:    011-23345300 

2.6 Pasting of bi-lingual menu stickers to arrest Overcharging

Time to Time, the drive for pasting of menu stickers are launched by Zonal/Regional officers to paste standard menu stickers in the coaches of Mail/Express trains so as to spread awareness among the travelling passengers on Rates & Quantity of meal items.  The purpose of pasting the menu stickers in the coaches to bring awareness among the passengers on quantity & rates of meal items of the standard menu as well as other relevant information like Toll Free Number for lodging their grievances/suggestions, standard rates of tea/coffee, Rail Neer etc. Regarding passenger awareness about Rates and Quantity of standard meal items, service providers have been instructed to print tray mats in the Mail/Express trains nominated to them 
with Rates & Quantity printed on them.

 3.0 SUGGESTIONS TO PASSENGERS- 

• Carry change to avoid overcharging. 
• Demands bills/receipt, grammage 
• Check MRP & date of expiry 
• Buy food items only from stalls and not from unauthorized vendors either at platform 
or in train. 
• Check the brand of packed items 
• Demand complaint book 
• Use Toll Free No. 1800-111-139 & SMS on 9971111139 
• If you are not satisfied with the service do tell us on control nos. 
• All IRCTC employees are at your sOvercharging relates to the charges collected by service staff of mobile/static units of licensee/ departmental from passengers for any food & beverages items over and above approved rate or printed MRP prescribed/fixed by IRCTC/Railway Board. Lesser quantity served than what is prescribed is also overcharging. 

 
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