IRCTC has introduced travel insurance cover of Rs 50 lakh for free from the starting of February. Now if you book your tickets from IRCTC online portal you can avail a huge discount. Generally all the private travel portals charge a certain amount for air travel insurance. MP Mall, chairman and managing director of IRCTC announced, the free travel insurance will cover all the air travellers irrespective of the class of tickets and in both the domestic and international flights. This will provide them with financial protection against accidental deaths and total permanent disability. The agency stated that the premium of insurance will be borne by IRCTC to secure the passengers from any mishap during any journey. “This has been done to make air travel hassle-free. The travel insurance cover will be for both one way trips and round trips of air travel, when booked on the IRCTC air ticketing portal,” the agency told. As per the sources, currently about 5,000 to 6,000 air tickets are booked through the IRCTC e-ticketing website. While the other travel agency portals charge a processing fee of up to Rs 200 per ticket, IRCTC charges only Rs 50 and it does not even impose any charges for the cancellation of the ticket. The agency is also going to offer hotel bookings through its portal, too, and the customers need not to worry about paying any extra processing fee for the booking. In the last month, Indian Railways also took an initiative to tie up with Air India and this provided an additional benefit to the railway passengers. As for those people who booked ticket for the luxury train, Maharajas’ Express, could also avail a attractive discount of 17% on Air India tickets to any part of the country.