Known for coming up with easy-to-remember names for numerous schemes and applications that he unveils, Union Railway Minister Piyush Goyal
on Thursday asked his department to come up with a new “catchy” name for IRCTC
(Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation).
The minister said that even he finds it difficult to remember it sometimes and would be better to have a name that is easy to remember while browsing the internet.
The railway department will come up with some suggestions for the same and one of the officials suggested ‘railtravel’ as a possible name.
At one point, IRCTC
was one of the biggest e-commerce players. With an average 573,000 tickets sold daily through the IRCTC
website, it is the consumer face of Indian Railways.
Besides ticketing, it is into on-board catering and bottled water business. It has over 30 million registered user.
The NDA government had planned to list the company last year but later dropped the proposal after a waiver of service charge on booking of tickets hit its business.
In 2014, IRCTC
floated a tender to call upon online retail marketplace companies or similar to offer a co-branded platform to showcase retail, deals, and other services that will be offered from third parties/retailers, online retailers, affiliates, brands and service providers or their own inventory or combination thereof to the IRCTC
customers to buy online services.
has recently announced offers to make tickets cheaper. The offer is on ticket bookings through IRCTC
website — irctc.
co.in — or IRCTC
app and when the payments are done using the platforms of Paytm
This festive season, while MobiKwik
is offering a 10 per cent discount on payments made through its app for train tickets booked on IRCTC
app or website, Paytm
is offering a cashback of Rs 100 on for bookings through its platform.
In order to ease search on the IRCTC
website, the railways has also roped in Paytm
for checking their PNR status using the Paytm
website or app. The move is aimed at reducing pressure on the IRCTC
website, which is difficult to access sometimes due to a large number of users.