Kannur: In order to find out ticketless passengers in trains, the Enquiry-Cum-Reservation Clerks (ECRC) will be given the duty. In addition, the magisterial squad will continue to perform the duty till next year. The move intends to increase the revenue by charging fine from ticketless passengers.
The magisterial scheme has been extended upto next year. The magisterial squad has the authority to charge penalty from ticketless passengers and to proceed with legal actions instantly. An officer in the magistrate rank will lead the squad.
As 65 percent of the reservation tickets are sold via online, the number of reservation staff are reduced in the counter. They are appointed as ticket examiners as part of this move. Presently, ECRC staff are checking tickets at the station platforms.
The railway is planning to strengthen the law against checking tickets between 10 at night and 6 in the morning. The law was strengthened following many complaints filed in courts that the ticket examiners disrupt the sleep of passengers at night.
Tickets can be examined during the hours between 6 am and 10 pm. After this period, the tickets have to be checked at the time of boarding itself. Checking should not be done between 10 pm and 6 am without any proper reasons.
However, this restriction is not applicable for unreserved passengers. The time limit is not applicable for the vigilance and security wings also but they are instructed not to disturb the passengers during night.