Kya aapne kabhi Internet pe movie ticket book kiya hai? Of course! So many people among you must have done it and that’s why we don’t need to tell you about the Internet Handling Fee that you have to pay to complete the booking.
Turns out that the “Internet Handling Fee”, online movie booking platforms like BookMyShow and PVR charge is not legal at all. An RTI has recently revealed that any online movie booking platform that is charging you Internet Handling Fee is illegal and against the RBI regulations.
@bookmyshow is not authorised to charge #Internet handling fee as per @RBI. #Court hearing on March 23. I think ‘PAY WHAT YOU SEE’ policy is much better than taxes and other charges adding up in the end. @LogicalIndians pic.twitter.com/zuvx1bsD5c
— Gautam Nambiar (@gautamnambiar) March 15, 2019
In a reply to the RTI filed by Vijay Gopal, the president of ‘Forum Against Corruption’, RBI replied that the said fees is supposed to be paid by the merchant and not end customers.
As per the RBI rules, every merchant has to pay Merchant Discount Rate (MDR) to banks when they accept payments online. However, the merchants are paying it to banks by charging customers which is unethical.
And now after the RBI’s reply, Vijay Gopal has filed a case in Hyderabad consumer court against BMS and PVR. He took to Twitter and announced-
Glad to share, A case has bee filed in the Hyd Consumer Court-3 against BookMyshow, PVR and the IT Dept. If GOI or shifting the operating cost of the theatre to the consumers calling it Internet Handling Fee. Justice will be served soon like sizzlers..!!
Glad to share, A case has bee filed in the Hyd Consumer Court-3 against BookMyshow, PVR and the IT Dept. If GOI or shifting the operating cost of the theatre to the consumers calling it Internet Handling Fee. Justice will be served soon like sizzlers..!! pic.twitter.com/FsWnf6tDKf
— VijayGopal (@VijayGopal_) March 10, 2019
Here’s how Twitterati reacted to the news-
I don't mind internet fee of 20rs. But if I book 4 tickets, why should I pay internet fee for each if the booking? Do these guys think booking 4 tickets consumes more internet?
— Arjun (@arjrah) March 11, 2019
@Paytm does the same
— sandy chintu (@sandeep_chintu) March 11, 2019
Ya we should stop these corporates over burdening us!!! With you brother!!!
— LAM10 (@Nanirules) March 12, 2019
Hope u win 👍👍👍.
— R.SRINIVAS (@its_srinu) March 10, 2019
"Well done, is better than well said". Fight it out, till it reaches a Logical conclusion.
All the best.
— seshagiri b.v (@seshagiribv) March 10, 2019
Wonderful the same shud be applied to @IndiaCinepolis as well
— Kiran Kumar (@akiran123) March 11, 2019
Super sir gvt has to control this multiplex mafia
— fire star 😡🔥😎😄🤙 (@salmanraaju) March 10, 2019
Its a Network 18 company.. so all those money is going to Mukesh Ambani. So I doubt if this Govt has the guts to charge him
— Bharat Jonnalagadda (@bharat_kumar) March 11, 2019
Isn’t that awesome?