In order to prevent travelling without tickets and increase the revenue of the railways, Firozpur division, northern railway, has set a mandatory target of `1 lakh for all its ticket checkers (TCs), which they have to collect through fines per month, failing which they might face a departmental inquiry and even a transfer.
The directions have come after considering the poor performance of ticket checking staff of the Firozpur division in collecting fines compared to staff of other divisions. The Firozpur division has issued directions to 225 stations and has asked the staff to do their duty diligently or be ready to face action.
Officials in the railway said the department has made it compulsory for every TC to collect at least `1 lakh fine per month from people travelling without ticket at their respective places. The department had given `1 lakh target to the TCs last year as well. However, due their lackadaisical attitude, most of the TCs failed to fulfill the target.
"The directions were there but staff did not take it seriously, affecting the revenue collection of the railways. It was found that many TCs had collected only `20, 00- 25, 000 per month. Meanwhile, the staff of other divisions of northern railway, including Ambala and Lucknow had been collecting more than `2 lakh every month from the violators," said Roshan Singh, senior divisional commercial manager (DCM), Ferozepur Division, northern railway.
The DCM said a departmental action would be initiated against employees who fail to fulfill the target fixed by the department.
Sources in the railways said this direction came after a survey initiated by the top officials found that many people were not even willing to spend `10 for purchasing a platform ticket to enter the platform, as they had no fear of TCs who were not doing their job properly.
Meanwhile, as per the officials, on an average out of 500 passengers, only around 50 purchase a platform ticket, which is mandatory for every visitor, who is without travelling ticket, to enter the platform.
The department has issued directions to all 125 stations falling under the jurisdiction of Punjab, Jammu and Kashmir and a part of Himachal Pradesh, including Amritsar, Jalandhar, Hoshiarpur, Ludhiana, Firozpur and Kapurthala in Punjab and Kangra, Palampur, Baijnath Paprola and Joginder Nagar stations in Himachal Pradesh.