published by Indian Railway Conference Association(IRCA), effective from 20th May, 2014. The detailed provisions of the fare increase are as follows:-
I. PASSENGER FARE: There shall be flat 10% increase in the fare of all classes of all categories of trains including Passenger Trains. There shall be no increase up to minimum distance for charge.
Apart from above, there shall also be Fuel Adjustment Component (FAC) linked revision in the Passenger fare as announced in the Railway Budget 2013-14.
The FAC linked revision is applicable to all distance slabs including those which fall within the minimum chargeable distance.
II. SEASON TICKET FARE:
(i) Second Class Monthly Season Tickets (MST) fares of Suburban and Non-suburban shall be charged on the basis of 30 single journeys instead of approximately 15 single journeys. Fares of First Class Monthly Season Tickets will be charged @ 4 times in Second Class Monthly Season Tickets (MST) Fares as is done presently. Revised fare shall also be applicable as per the existing method of computation on Quarterly Season Tickets(QST). Half Yearly Season Tickets(HST) and Yearly Season Tickets (YST), etc. These revisions have been shown in the Season Ticket Fare Tables.
(ii) In view of the increase in the season ticket fare, the fares of Vendor Season Tickets shall be increased as per the existing principle.
(iii) Western and Central Railway may also revise the surcharge on Vendor season tickets/Produce Vendor Season Tickets/Tiffin Basket Tickets, etc. accordingly as empowered vide Rule No.2423 of Indian Railway Conference Association(IRCA) coaching tariff no. 26 (Part I) (Vol.I).
Other Charges : There shall be no change in charges for reservation fee, superfast surcharge etc., such charges, wherever applicable, shall continue to be levied additionally as per existing instructions.
(v) The changes in fares as above shall come into force with effect from 20th May,2014.
(vi) Service tax will continue to be levied as applicable as per instructions issued in this regard.
(vii) The revised fares will also apply to tickets issued in advance for journeys to commence on or after 20th May, 2014. Until new tickets are printed, old printed card tickets may be issued after having necessary corrections in fares made on them in advance. Such alterations by the staff should be made preferably by stamp or in ink.
(viii) In the case of tickets already issued at pre-revised rates, it should be ensured that the difference in fares and other charges on or after 20th May, 2014 is recovered either by TTEs on the trains or by the Booking/Reservation Offices before the commencement of journey by passengers.