CVC to probe flaws in Railways Tatkal scheme

Last Updated: Sun, Jul 01, 2012 12:10 hrs

The Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) is considering launch a probe against some Railway officials involved in malpractices related to the Tatkal scheme.

The CVC has sought a report on the action taken from the Railways.

Based on the report the CVC may suggest remedial action.

Official sources said the CVC is likely to launch an enquiry either by its own officials or through the Chief Vigilance Officer of the Railways Ministry to verify reported instances of alleged irregularities in distribution of Tatkal tickets and collusion of some Railway officials with some private persons in misusing the facility.

The Railways has begun a crackdown at booking offices across the country.

So far, four touts have been arrested.

The CVC is the apex vigilance institution mandated to monitor all vigilance activity under the Central government and advise its various organisations or departments in planning, executing, reviewing and reforming their vigilance work.

At present, the Tatkal scheme is available for around 2,677 trains, which translates to around 1.71 lakh berths. In 2011-12, earning from the scheme stood at Rs.847 crore.

The scheme has seen several changes in the recent past including reducing the days for reserving Tatkal tickets from five to one day and barring web-based agents from booking tickets during the initial hours.

An IT-Anti Fraud (ITAF) team has also been formed for cyber space surveillance and pro-active analysis and coordination with Railways vigilance and Railways Protection Force, cyber crime police and other investigating agency.

A penalty of Rs.2.5 crore has been recovered from agents for various violations based on findings by ITAF, passenger complaints, vigilance reports, press or media reports. (ANI)

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