New Delhi: After a TV news channel’s sting operation, the Ministry of Railways swung into action and is exploring various ways to scrap Tatkal scheme, a viable option for those not getting tickets in time.

If the scheme would be scrapped, this could be a great setback to lakhs of commuters who could not book their tickets earlier due to some reason but wanted to go later on.
The Railway is likely to scrap it after a TV channel exposed how touts usually seize emergency tickets putting common man in utter distress. Taking this into consideration, the Indian Railway is making it mandatory for those seeking tickets to show identification and also give out reasons for the urgent travel.

In a sting operation by a TV channel showed how middlemen who also comprise Delhi Police personnel, were shown blatantly cornering and reselling tickets meant for common passengers.

After the news broke out the Railway Ministry has swung into action. Admitting serious lapses, it has promised stringent action and a series of solutions are being examined.
A passenger seeking reservation under this quota will have to furnish valid reason for the travel.

Another proposal that is in the offing is that an identification proof should be made mandatory for a person making the Tatkal reservation. Earlier the ID proof had to be furnished only by the person travelling with the ticket.

Other proposals like scrapping the Tatkal ticket sales at counters and allowing only e-reservations and changing the timings for the Tatkal ticket booking to avoid overlap with booking times for normal tickets are also being mooted.

Sources in the Railway Ministry say a decision in this regard is likely to be adopted soon.

Earlier measures to streamline the Tatkal system like allowing only two tickets per person, disallowing change of passenger names after booking and stricter cancellation rules don't seem to have worked in removing touts from doing illegal business.

(JPN/Bureau)

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