Railways earned Rs 561 crore from ticketless travellers in 2019-20 | India Information

NEW DELHI: A couple of crore passengers have been fined for travelling and not using a ticket in 2019-20, incomes the Railways a income of Rs 561.73 crore — a progress of round 6 per cent over 2018-2019, an RTI utility has discovered.
The Railways has earned Rs 1,938 crore via fines imposed on ticketless travellers between 2016-2020, an increase of 38.57 per cent from 2016.
An RTI utility filed by Madhya Pradesh-based activist Chandra Shekhar Gaur revealed the main points.
The Railways earned Rs 405.30 crore as penalties from ticketless travellers in 2016-17. In 2017-18, it recovered Rs 441.62 crore and it earned Rs 530.06 crore in 2018-19.
In 2019-2020, 1.10 crore passengers have been discovered travelling with out legitimate tickets.
The Indian Railways has laid down norms to curb ticketless journey.
A passenger travelling and not using a ticket must pay a minimal high quality of Rs 250 together with the price of the ticket. If a passenger refuses to pay the high quality, the particular person is handed over to the Railway Safety Pressure (RPF) and booked underneath Part 137 of the Railways Act.
After that, the particular person is introduced earlier than a Justice of the Peace. The Justice of the Peace can high quality him for Rs 1,000. In case the particular person nonetheless refuses to pay the high quality, she or he could also be jailed for as much as six months.
A Parliament Railway Conference Committee had in 2018 raised issues over the lack of income as a consequence of ticketless journey after inspecting the Railways’ monetary report of 2016-17.
Taking cognisance of the remark, the Railway Board directed zonal railways to accentuate the drive in opposition to ticketless travellers throughout the nation. The zonal railways have been additionally requested to repair annual targets for Travelling Ticket Examiners (TTE).

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