In order to catch more and more passengers travelling without ticket or on wrong tickets and also to increase the revenue of department, the railway department has decided to conduct more special raids.
Earlier, chief inspectors of tickets (CIT) and travelling ticket examiners (TTE) used to conduct raid or inspections at various stations by travelling in trains. But, under the new system, the officials will hire a bus, and will visit various stations for checking. Under the old system, the station officials usually came to know that team was supposed to visit the station, and the purpose of sudden inspection was failed.
As per the new system, on Thursday a team of CIT visited five stations and fined 121 persons and collected `81,110 fine.
CIT team leader ML Parashar said, “In this special drive various teams are constituted and we hire a bus. The schedule of the halt of buses is not told to the station staff members and is known to the higher officials only. We plan our route in such a way that we can conduct raids on more and more stations and can also go in the trains in between to check tickets.”
“On Thursday, a team of 36 members participated in the raid process and they went to Phillaur from Ludhiana, and then went to Lohia, Khanna, Baddowal and Ahmedgarh stations. Of the total members, 25 went in to moving trains to do inspection and found 66 people travelling without tickets and travelling on wrong tickets (like travelling in higher class with lower class ticket). A fine of `54,470 was collected from the spot,” Parashar said.
He said, “Another team of 11 staff members conducted sudden check on the station premises and fined 54 people and collected a fine of Rs 26,640.”
ML Parasher said this method will create among people who were earlier not serious about buying tickets.
Ludhiana station superintendent Yashwant Singh said, “This is a good method and seemed effective in conducting special checking drives. This has created a sense of responsibility in the staff members working in relatively smaller stations, as they know that checking staff may come any time.”