Railways fine vendor after video shows him using toilet water to make tea

The video of the incident took place in December 2017 in the Charminar Express, at Secunderabad (Telangana) station

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A fine of Rs 100,000 has been imposed on a vending contractor by the Indian Railways after a video showing some vendors purportedly filling tea and coffee cans from inside a train toilet surfaced.

The video of the incident that took place in December 2017 in the Charminar Express, at Secunderabad(Telangana) station, shows some vendors coming out of a train toilet with the cans, suggesting that the water was mixed in the cans inside the toilet.

The vendors in question, who were unauthorised hawkers, were engaged by platform catering stalls.

One of the vendors, employed by contractor P Sivaprasad, following an inquiry by Railways authorities, revealed that they were only transferring the leftover beverage in the toilet to sell it in their respective platform stalls.

Claiming that there was no mixing of toilet water in the cans, he further said that they did so in the toilet to avoid public gaze.

Meanwhile, the Commercial Department of the South Central Railways termed it a ‘wrong practice’ while advising the IRCTC to levy a penalty against the Train Side Vending Licensee Sivaprasad.

“However, the very fact that the Tea/Coffee cans were seen brought out of the toilet, is in itself a wrong practice. Therefore, IRCTC is advised to levy a penalty of Rs. 100, 000/- against the Train Side Vending Licensee, Shri P. Sivaprasad, as this contract is now with IRCTC,” said the statement.

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Now, book 12 train tickets with just 1 IRCTC ID if it’s Aadhaar-linked!

Indian Railways policy for booking tickets through IRCTC Next Generation eTicketing System have changed. Know IRCTC rules for train ticket

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Planning a vacation this summer? If you’re excited about taking a train journey, you must know the new rules Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) has introduced for booking railways tickets on its online portal. But, before that – link Aadhaar number with your IRCTC account. When IRCTC was launched in 2002, only 29 online tickets were booked on the first day. Today, more than 1.3 million online tickets are booked through IRCTC portal – IRCTC Next Generation eTicketing System – the e-ticketing outlet of the national carrier. About 20 million people travel by Indian Railways every day.

Here are some exciting changes Indian Railways has introduced for rail passengers who link their IRCTC account with Aadhaar:

Now users are allowed to book up to 12 tickets in a month if users get themselves verified through their Aadhaar number along with at least one passenger also being verified through Aadhaar.

No Aadhaar Verification required for booking up to 6 tickets in a month, as earlier.

Steps to avail the facility of booking more than 6 tickets and up to 12 tickets in a month on IRCTC:

An IRCTC registered user is required to get himself Aadhaar verified using Aadhaar KYC option in My Profile.

  • User’s Aadhaar will be verified by sending an OTP on his mobile number linked with his Aadhaar number. On successful submission of OTP, the user will become Aadhaar verified.
  • At least One (1) passenger on the ticket being booked, beyond 6 tickets in a month, should also be Aadhaar verified.
  • Users are required to verify the probable passengers through their respective Aadhaar number and store the verified passengers in passenger master list. This should be done before starting the ticket booking process, beyond 6 tickets in a month.
  • User can add Aadhaar verified passenger from master list at the time of booking to book additional tickets up to 12 tickets in a month.

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How to avail IRCTC’s book now, pay later scheme for tatkal tickets

IRCTC users will be able to pay via cash, debit card or credit card by with option of home delivery

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Current Affairs : People can now pay later for tickets booked under the tatkal quota on the Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corp (IRCTC) website.

Till now, this service was available only for general reservations. For tatkal bookings, people had to pay first via the standard online payment gateways before the IRCTC portal confirms the ticket.

For tatkal tickets, IRCTC users will be able to pay via cash, debit card or credit card by opting to have tickets delivered at their doorstep.

IRCTC processes 130,000 Tatkal transactions daily. A majority of these tickets are booked within minutes of the quota opening.

The new feature eliminates the transaction failures as often the money gets debited and the ticket is not issued due to multiple reasons. The refund cycle is about seven to 15 days.

“The pay on delivery feature completely circumvents the use of a payment gateway and will help users make the bookings in just a few seconds greatly increasing their chance of booking a confirmed ticket under the tatkal quota,” said Anduril Technologies CEO Anurag Bajpai.

Here’s how to avail the IRCTC service:

Swachh Bharat, Digital India score poorly, top rating for Railways

The National Democratic Alliance government under Prime Minister Narendra Modi has kicked off a two-part survey where the people will rate its policies and initiatives as it completes two years in office. Thousands have already joined in to answer the 30 questions covering anything from foreign policy to signature schemes such as Swachh Bharat, Digital India and Make In India, hosted on the citizen engagement platform mygov,in.

While Make in India, ease of doing business and controlling corruption figure somewhere in the middle of the ratings, other schemes such as Swachh Bharat, Digital India and unearthing black money have scored the least.

Initial data captured on the portal will make Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu happy. More than 74 per cent of the people who have participated in the survey so far have given 5 stars to the government effort in modernising Indian Railways, taking it to the top position out of a total of 15 schemes. Only 1.04 per cent of the people have given it 1 star. Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari is next with 65.8 per cent people giving 5 stars to government efforts in providing highway connectivity. It is the only sector where nobody has given it the lowest grade of 1.

The NDA’s foreign policy has scored high as well with 63.21 per cent giving the initiative 5 stars. It got 1 star from 3.63 per cent of the respondents. The PM himself has mostly been at the forefront of the foreign policy initiatives, though Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj is also seen having contributed to the overall effort. To read complete article