The inflation is increasing at a very high rate in the country and prices of each commodity whether it is edible item, electronic goods, FMCG, etc. is touching sky. However, there is still one thing which is available to Indians at a little less price and it is almost a necessity for majority of us. Yes, you guessed it right! We are talking about our loving chai which we can obtain from the roadside tea stalls for Rs. 10 or a little more, depending upon the items added in it.
Tea is indispensable for majority of Indians who can have it any time because it not only refreshes but also serves as a get-together reason for the whole family. Even while travelling also, we prefer to have tea at regular intervals so that our mind and senses can work in a proper manner but drinking tea while travelling in a train proved too costly to a traveler.
As per an article in a leading daily, a passenger of Bhopal Shatabdi Express who was travelling from Bhopal to Delhi ordered a cup of tea in the train which was priced at Rs. 20. However, the passenger had to pay Rs. 70 for one cup of tea because the Indian Railways charged Rs. 50 as service charge in the bill.
The passenger shared the photo of the bill on social media platforms and soon people started slamming the Indian Railways for looting public in this manner. Here are some selected reactions:
₹20 का चाई पर ₹50 का GST. कुल मिलाकर ₹70 का एक चाई,
हैं ना कमाल का लूट
Series of such complaints to @IRCTCofficial fall on deaf ears at @RailMinIndia
and the private players have a loot in “connivance” with the 🤫 pic.twitter.com/Ayir5vGITL
— Deepak Kumar Jha (@journalistjha) June 30, 2022
Tax of 20 rupees Tea is 50.
Tax >>>>> Tea .
A great thanks to Railway Minister @AshwiniVaishnaw .
Mera desh badal raha hei.😂😂😂 pic.twitter.com/Tlq0FyC3zz
— Binay Jena (@binayjenaINC) July 1, 2022
20 रुपए की चाय पर 50 रुपए का सर्विस टैक्स!
मोदी का इंडिया। लुटेरों का इंडिया!! pic.twitter.com/A5HwMWVnEF
— Sudhakar Shahi (@SudhakarShahi13) June 30, 2022
Food can be pre-ordered
For a cup of tea???? that has to be pre ordered .. Loot ki koi limit hain ya nahi,
Tommorow @RailMinIndia will say same for a bottle of water or may be No of times you use in-train toilet 🤣😅https://t.co/PtX42aAaYi
— Dibyendu Datta (@dibyendudatta) July 1, 2022
— Satish K Singh (@SatkSingh) July 1, 2022
However, the Indian Railways made its stance clear on this matter; it clarified that as per the circular passed in 2018, if a passenger doesn’t book meal in advance while making a reservation, they have to pay Rs. 50 extra as service charge if they order coffee, tea or food during their travel.
Check out the image of the circular:
So from now onm make it a point to book your meals in advance while making reservation otherwise be ready to pay Rs. 50 extra.
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