Rs 20 service tax imposed on tea-coffee lunch-dinner in premium trains Pi News

  • 50 rupees will have to be paid on the top of the food order after booking the ticket
  • Apart from tea and coffee, the amount of service tax has also been included in the price of food.
  • Passengers in Vande Bharat will have to pay Rs 205 for breakfast instead of Rs 155

Railways has waived service tax on all food and beverages in premium trains for which no prior orders have been placed. However, service tax is levied on the cost of snacks, lunch and dinner. Now the cost of tea and coffee in these trains will be same for all the passengers who have already ordered or ordered it in the train without any hike. As per the previous rules of the Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC), if a passenger does not book his meal with the train ticket, he has to pay an additional Rs 50 while ordering food during the journey. Even if he ordered tea for Rs 20, he had to pay Rs 70. The premium trains of Indian Railways include Shatabdi, Rajdhani, Vande Bharat, Tejas and Duronto Express. Along with the order announced on July 15, the Railway Board has also published a chart regarding food items. An additional Rs 50 will be charged from passengers opting for food in the train and not booking it while booking train tickets, the notification said.

Vande India passengers will have to pay more

Passengers in Vande Bharat will have to pay Rs 205 instead of Rs 155 for breakfast, Rs 155 instead of Rs 105 for evening snack. Whereas they will have to pay Rs 294 instead of Rs 244 for lunch and dinner during the journey. Similarly, in all other premium trains, an additional Rs 50 will have to be paid for breakfast and food.

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