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.
According to the recent reports, “Internet Handling Fee” that 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 responded that this fee is supposed to be paid by the merchant and not end customers.
According to RBI rules, every merchant has to pay Merchant Discount Rate (MDR) to banks when they accept payments online. However, the merchants are charging customers which is unethical.
After RBI’s reply, Vijay has filed a case against BookMyShow 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
Look how users on Twitter responded to this:
Super sir gvt has to control this multiplex mafia
— fire star 😡🔥😎😄🤙 (@salmanraaju) March 10, 2019
He is living legend @bookmyshow I have paid in hundreds across years, please return
— Satyajith Ankareddy (@satyajithpinku) March 10, 2019
Ya we should stop these corporates over burdening us!!! With you brother!!!
— LAM10 (@Nanirules) March 12, 2019
Boycott these hindi multiplexes which are here to force hindi ads & hindi movies on us while looting us with exhorbitant prices & malpractices. They even discriminate & hire only hindi speakers in non-hindi states. #StopHindiMigration @_PVRCinemas @INOXMovies @Cinepolisindia
— Voice of South || దక్షిణ భారతం (@South_Indians) March 10, 2019
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