In a bid to name and shame people caught travelling unauthorisedly in suburban train coaches meant reserved for passengers with disabilities or cancer and women in advanced stage of pregnancy, Central Railway has begun writing to the employers of these people. An official of the Central Railway said Saturday disclosed that in the past two days, as part of a special drive, CR has nabbed 766 passengers and letters have been sent to 42 employers.
As section 155 of the Railway Act the offence is punishable with a fine or jail. The initiative will curb the menace of illegal travel in such special coaches as violators will fear disciplinary action from their employers, said Sunil Udasi, chief public relations officer of the CR. “We have collected Rs 22.36 lakh in fines from 9,173 such offenders between January and July this year.
The letters are being sent by the Railway Protection Force (RPF) to their employers will hopefully start showing results in the next few days,” Udasi said. An RPF officer said the “name and shame” tactic should work, adding that offenders included police personnel and those employed in reputed companies and banks. Earlier, letters written to the police commissioners about offenders from the force had yielded results, the officer said.