New Delhi: The Railway is likely to scrap the Tatkal scheme after an IBN7 expose showed how touts had taken full control over the emergency tickets. In fact, the Indian Railway is also looking at making it mandatory for ticket seekers to show identification and give reasons for the urgent travel.
A sting operation by IBN7 had shown how middlemen, some of them being Delhi Police personnel, were blatantly cornering and reselling tickets meant for passengers. Now the Railway Ministry has finally swung into action. Admitting serious lapses, it has promised stringent action and a series of solutions are being examined.
One key suggestion is that the Tatkal system itself be scrapped and an emergency quota be implemented. A passenger seeking reservation under this quota will have to furnish valid reason for the travel.
Another proposal is that an identification proof should be made mandatory for any person making the Tatkal reservation. Earlier the ID proof had to be furnished only by the person travelling with the ticket. ...more
07:59 AM, Jun 29, 2012