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Rs 1,377 cr: Amount Railways earned fining ticketless travellers in 3 years

As many as 8.9 million passengers were caught without tickets in the first 10 month of the current financial year

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Rlys earn Rs 1377 cr in fines from ticketless travellers in 3 years, up 31%

Railways' earnings from fines on ticketless travellers has gone up by around 31 per cent in the last three years, an RTI has found.

Efforts to curb ticketless travel have resulted in the earning a revenue of Rs 1,377 crore in fines between 2016 and 2019, it said.

In 2018, a Parliament Railway Convention Committee, which inspected the railways' financial report of 2016-17, had expressed concern over the loss of revenue due to ticketless travel.

Following this, the railway board directed its zonal railways to intensify the drive against ticketless travel across the country and fixed annual targets for every TTE.

According to the RTI filed by a Madhya Pradesh-based activist, in 2016-2017, the railways recovered Rs 405.30 crore in fines from ticketless travellers, while the following year, they recovered Rs 441.62 crore. In 2018-2019, the amount recovered was Rs 530.06 crore.

As many as 8.9 million passengers, more than the population of Israel, were caught without tickets in the first 10 month of the current financial year.

Once caught, a ticketless passenger has to pay a minimum fine of Rs 250 along with the cost of the ticket. If a person refuses to pay the amount or does not have the money to do so, he is handed over to the (RPF) and booked under Section 137 of Railways Act.

The person is then presented in front of a magistrate, who is can fine him for as much as Rs 1,000. In case the person still does not want to pay the fine, he or she may be jailed for up to six months.

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First Published: Mon, August 26 2019. 14:40 IST
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