IRCTC has made it compulsory for every train traveler to take a Personal Accident Insurance Policy which has been applied from September 2016.
Railway minister Mr. Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu had announced in his speech that from the month of September 2016, railways will provide an optional travel insurance of Rs.10 Lakh to the passengers while booking tickets from its website, which can be opted by paying an extra 92 paisa.
Travel insurance policy by IRCTC is now mandatory!
Earlier this accidental insurance policy was optional but now IRCTC i.e. Indian Railway and Catering Tourism Corporation Ltd. has decided to make it mandatory for the safety purpose of the passengers. Now if you book your tickets, you will not get an option to choose if you want the insurance or not.
This policy is just like a travel insurance policy where a train traveler or passenger who books a train ticket from IRCTC’s website will get the insurance up to Rs.10 Lakh by paying an amount of less than Rs.1 extra while confirming the ticket. This amount will be provided to the family/nominee/heir of the person if he/she gets injured or dies in a train accident.
There are 3 companies which provide IRCTC policy
IRCTC has a tie up with 3 insurance companies which are providing this policy. These insurers are Shriram General, Royal Sundaram, and ICICI Lombard. We recently tested it to see which company is providing the insurance and we got a message with Royal Sundaram. It might be different in your case.
Initially, this scheme was introduced on a trial basis, but now it’s compulsory. The passengers having confirmed tickets, RAC (Reserved Against Cancellation) or are on the waiting list can have benefited if this insurance.
This facility is not available for the sub-urban trains. Only Indians can get this policy. Children and Foreigners are not eligible for this policy. The insurance will be valid in cases like train accident, riots, terrorist attacks, shoot-out or arson in the train, on the platform or on the route to its destination.
What is covered under IRCTC Travel Insurance policy
Unlike common belief, the travel insurance with IRCTC goes beyond cover on death and provides various other benefits like disability insurance in various conditions.
Below are the details
- 10 lacs for death
- 10 lacs for permanent disability
- 7.5 lacs for partial disability
- Upto 2 lacs for hospital expenses
- Upto 1 lacs for transportation of mortal events
Who can claim compensation of accidental insurance policy by IRCTC?
If the deceased is married then his wife, son or daughter can claim for the compensation. The daughter or son should not be minor if they are claiming. If the deceased is not married then his or her parents can apply for compensation. In other cases, if the deceased has nominated someone else like other relative or any friend then he/she can also claim for the compensation.
In short, we can say that the person whose name and details have been filled in the application by the deceased while booking the ticket can claim the compensation. The only thing is that he/she should have ID proof.
As per rules, within 4 months the insurance claim has to be filed from the date of insured event. All the terms & conditions, benefits and exceptions of this policy are mentioned in this pdf, download it and read it in detail.
How to apply for the compensation of IRCTC accident insurance policy?
The nominee or the claimant can apply for the compensation to the nearby office of the insurer company which the deceased had selected at the time of booking ticket. You have to visit the insurance office and fill the compensation form and attach all the documents essential for the claim.
Why is this Policy Important?
In last 6 years around 800 train accident cases were registered in India in which near about 600-620 people died and 1850 were injured. More than 15000 people are killed in railway accidents per year as per some reports
Just imagine, you could have been one of those. What financial impact it can have on your family?
But many people just ignore the travel insurance thinking that it can never happen to them as if they are GOD. Anyways the IRCTC insurance charge is just Rs. 92 paisa, which is nothing compared to the benefits it provides.
Doctors attend to the victims of Sunday’s train derailment in Pukhrayan, at a government hospital in Kanpur, India, November 21, 2016. REUTERS/Jitendra Prakash
Disability in case of train accidents
For an ordinary person, if such accidental case happens then it will be too much difficult to arrange money for hospitalization. And the cost of this policy i.e. 92 paise is negligible as compared to the total train fare and the compensation.
The big reason to worry is many times these accidental victims die just because they couldn’t get proper medical treatment or even immediate help also.