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Railway tickets of Rs 5,000 and above booked between Nov 16-24 won't be refunded in cash
With the demonetisation drive in the country, the railway stations have turned into a sort of cash exchange counters. People are using the railway reservation counters to exchange their Rs 500-1,000 denominations. There was a huge rise in counter ticket bookings, whereas the sale of general and online tickets could see a decline.
After the spike in the number of reservations and cancellations of AC tickets in the past few days, the Railway officials have initially decided to refund any amount above Rs. 10,000 through Ticket Deposit Receipt (TDR).

But, on Tuesday, the Railways issued a new circular saying tickets worth Rs 5,000 and above booked between November 16 and 24 will not be refunded over the counter in cash. Those who have booked tickets meanwhile have to file a TDR and get the refund through cheques or ECS.

As per the commercial circular issued by Railway Board yesterday, a TDR has to be filed after surrendering the original ticket. It has to be filed within prescribed time limit for cancellation of ticket across the counter as per refund rules; i.e., half an hour before scheduled departure of the train for RAC and waitlisted tickets and up to four hours for confirmed tickets.

If a passenger wishes to cancel ticket across the counter, then they must show there identity proof, like PAN card or Aadhaar card to the counter clerk. The counter clerk will then issue a ticket deposit receipt which will be sent to the chief commercial manager/refunds along with the self-attested copy of passengers identity proof and details of bank account into which the refunds are to be made.

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