Online Movie Ticket market has grown so big after the transformation of Internet in India. BookMySHow and Paytm are 2 most popular names in this market with major market share. These platforms do offer discounts most of the times but one thing that disappoints online users is the Internet Handling Fee that one gets to pay to complete the booking.
The “Internet Handling Fee”, online movie booking platforms like BookMyShow and PVR charge is not legal at all. An RTI has recently revealed that any online movie booking platform that is charging you Internet Handling Fee is illegal and against the RBI regulations.
@bookmyshow is not authorised to charge #Internet handling fee as per @RBI. #Court hearing on March 23. I think ‘PAY WHAT YOU SEE’ policy is much better than taxes and other charges adding up in the end. @LogicalIndians pic.twitter.com/zuvx1bsD5c
— Gautam Nambiar (@gautamnambiar) March 15, 2019
In a reply to the RTI filed by Vijay Gopal, the president of ‘Forum Against Corruption’, RBI replied that the said fees is supposed to be paid by the merchant and not end customers.
As per the RBI rules, every merchant has to pay Merchant Discount Rate (MDR) to banks when they accept payments online. However, the merchants are paying it to banks by charging customers which is unethical.
And now after the RBI’s reply, Vijay Gopal has filed a case in Hyderabad consumer court against BMS and PVR. He took to Twitter and announced-
Glad to share, A case has bee filed in the Hyd Consumer Court-3 against BookMyshow, PVR and the IT Dept. If GOI or shifting the operating cost of the theatre to the consumers calling it Internet Handling Fee. Justice will be served soon like sizzlers..!!
Glad to share, A case has bee filed in the Hyd Consumer Court-3 against BookMyshow, PVR and the IT Dept. If GOI or shifting the operating cost of the theatre to the consumers calling it Internet Handling Fee. Justice will be served soon like sizzlers..!! pic.twitter.com/FsWnf6tDKf
— VijayGopal (@VijayGopal_) March 10, 2019
Check how internet reacting on hearing this shocking news :
my goodness, never thought this was illegal. Cheat @bookmyshow
— VIVEK SHENOY (@vivekcochin) March 15, 2019
— Ankush Rana (@bashim_rana) March 14, 2019
Step in right direction, many of them including bookmyshow,pvr,paytm charge in similar way which is against RBI guidelines & on on top of that they show annoying ads not cool multiplexes #BookMyShow #PVRCinemas why charge more🙃 pic.twitter.com/2eMWof71ig
— Rajesh Shisodiya (@RajeshShisodiya) March 16, 2019
— abhishek (@debuabhishek) March 14, 2019
— | 🇮🇳 S p o i l e r 🇮🇳 | (@BadmashChinna) March 15, 2019
— SK SAHIR (@SKSAHIR4) March 16, 2019
— Aakash Jha (@iAakash701) March 15, 2019
#BookMyShow finally something, plz stop your illegal fees. I don’t want to pay 40-50 Rs more for my tickets.
— Vasanth (@VasanthReviews) March 16, 2019
— The.cappuccino.story (@Debashree204) March 16, 2019
— Arijit Das (@arijitdas2603) March 15, 2019
What do you think on this ?? Comment your views below !!