May 29, 2014

HIGH ALERT - Policy on drukenness on duty in Indian Railways

Feedback of AIRF’s meeting with 7th Pay Commission panel on 28.05.2014.


Indian Railways: A Journey Of Inequality

‘Go back to your own compartment; don’t come here’ the coach attendant shouted at the elderly person. Being a senior citizen, he is entitled to special government benefits. But now he deserved to get rebuked. Being a sleeper class passenger he had committed the mistake of using the lavatory of the air conditioned coach; the preferred compartment of post-reform India’s ‘nouveau rich’ middle class. After all being elderly does not ensure social respect in this democracy; an identity card of economic superiority does!
India was a country that was stratified on the basis of caste and religion. After independence it adorned itself with a ‘top-dressing’ called democracy and remained unequal now on the basis of wealth. This form of economic inequality demarcates the nation’s primary mode of transport- The Railways.
The departure time of the train is fast approaching. A queue formed near the general compartment. Pushing and jostling for space the have-nots of the society managed to make their way inside the compartment under the watchful eyes of the uniformed security personnel. The poor can’t be trusted and need to be governed with an iron hand! Meanwhile the fortunate like us sauntered around the platform, bought newspapers celebrating the astounding victory of a pro-business, majoritarian politician and snuggled happily under the warm blankets.
The class demarcation becomes evident if one moves around the different compartments. In fact in the Indian trains are a social scientist’s paradise; if he wants to study the inequality prevalent in the country. Name of the compartment changes from ‘First Class’ to ‘General.’ So do the attires of the passengers. Kanchipuram saris and Raymond suitings changes to bare necessities; and the facilities provided change accordingly. Even water, which has been declared a right of every human being by the United Nations is absent in the lavatories of the sleeper and general coaches.
Served by a coach attendant the economic superior creatures of the air-conditioned coaches are insulated from the sweltering heat and dirt. The attendant’s job is to keep out pests who enters the compartment in search of livelihood! Redistribution is an unholy word in this country. Outside the train the attendant will be a part of the forgotten proletarian class of the society and will possibly never board the AC coaches. But inside the administration has given him the power to ward off the intrusion of people from the sleeper coaches so that the other half may have a safe and secure journey.
The train halts at a non-descript station in the mineral-rich state of Orissa. A tribal couple manages to board the train as it picks pace. But it’s the AC compartment! The ticket-checker rushes towards them and rebukes in chaste Hindi words; “Dikhai nahi deta hain yeh AC phain, yaha tumlogo ka charna mana hain,” (Don’t you see it’s an AC compartment? You people are not allowed to be here). Evident what he meant by ‘you people.’ Though the railway coaches have been made by steel extracted from the land of ‘those people,’ though the railway tracks have been laid over their farmlands, they are not allowed to enter the territories which solely belongs to the economic supermen.
The AC compartments are out of bound for the hawkers! Lest they pollute the elitist environment there. Few months back, public spaces have been opened to vendors and hawkers by a law passed by parliament. But the AC coaches are no public spaces. They are spaces carved out of a public property solely on the might of bank-balance. The Indian Railways is a smaller version of the republic called India! An India where space and power belongs only to those whose pockets are fatter.
Arindam Majumder is a graduate of Asian College of Journalism and in seacrh of a livelihood in the neoliberal world
BY - Arindam Majumder

रेलवे यात्रियों के लिए बड़ी राहत, अब दलालों की नहीं पड़ेगी जरूरत, जानें कैसे

रेलवे यात्रियों के लिए बड़ी राहत, अब दलालों की नहीं पड़ेगी जरूरत, जानें कैसे

रायपुर. रेलवे के आरक्षण काउंटर में लगने वाले यात्रियों को बड़ी राहत दी है। यहां से अब केवल सामान्य यात्रियों को ही टिकट दिया जाएगा। काउंटरों पर रेलवे के लाइसेंसी दलालों और उनके एजेंटों पर लाइन से टिकट लेने पर प्रतिबंध लगा दिया गया है। इससे टिकट की ब्लैक मार्केटिंग पर रोक लगेगी और आम लोगों को ज्यादा से ज्यादा टिकट मिलेगा। 

इसका सबसे बड़ा फायदा तत्काल टिकट में होगा, जिसमें बड़ी संख्या में दलालों के लोग काउंटर में लगकर टिकट बुक करा लेते थे। दलाल अब सिर्फ इंटरनेट से ही टिकट बुक करा सकेंगे। रेलवे बोर्ड के ट्रैफिक कॉमर्शियल (जे.) के डायरेक्टर डॉ. एसके अहिरवार ने यह सर्कुलर जारी किया है। 

आम मुसाफिरों के लिए खुले काउंटर

इसी के साथ बिलासपुर जोन और रायपुर मंडल के सभी स्टेशनों के आरक्षण काउंटरों में अधिकृत टिकट दलालों पर बैन लागू हो गया। जो काउंटर दलालों के लिए रिजर्व थे, उसे भी आम मुसाफिरों के लिए खोल दिया गया है। अब अगर कोई एजेंट काउंटर से टिकट लेता पकड़ा जाएगा, तो उसे ब्लैक लिस्टेड किया जाएगा। जुर्माना भी होगा।
कौन है अधिकृत दलाल 

आईआरसीटीसी (इंडियन रेलवे कैटरिंग एण्ड टूरिज्म कॉरपोरेशन) द्वारा अधिकृत दलाल नियुक्त कर उन्हें लाइसेंस जारी किया जाता है। उनकी आईडी होती है। इस वजह से ही वे अलग से किसी का भी टिकट बुक करवा सकते थे। 
क्या होगा फायदा 

1 रेलवे के नए नियम से दलालों का रैकेट टूटेगा। 
2 तत्काल कोटे की सीटें भी आम यात्रियों को मिलने लगेंगी। 
3 दलाल केवल ई-टिकट बुक करवा सकेंगे। इसका लाभ भी आम मुसाफिर को मिलेगा।

रायपुर में रेलवे ने 156 अधिकृत दलाल नियुक्त किए हैं। प्रदेशभर में करीब 600 दलाल हैं। अधिकृत दलाल को 24 घंटे में एक बार आरक्षण काउंटर से टिकट लेने की छूट थी। इसके भी नियम तय थे। यह भी निश्चित किया गया कि एक बार में अधिकृत दलाल अधिकतम छह यात्रियों के टिकट ही बुक करवा सकेगा। रेलवे की इस छूट का गलत उपयोग शुरू हो गया। अधिकृत दलाल अपने बदले तीन-चार कई बार पांच-पांच दलाल भेजकर टिकट बुक करवाने लगे। इससे आम यात्रियों को टिकट मिलना मुश्किल हो गया।

रायपुर मंडल सहित बिलासपुर जोन में बुधवार से नियम लागू हो गया है। हमने पहले ही कुछ जगह एजेंट हटा दिए थे। बोर्ड का सर्कुलर मिल गया है, जिसके तहत काम हो रहा है।

Two railway stations getting Integrated Security System

The state-of-the-art Integrated Security System (ISS) installed by Railways in Thiruvananthapuram Central and Ernakulam Junction stations will be commissioned on Thursday.

With this, all the three busy stations in the State will have the ISS in place to improve security on Railway premises, ensure safety of the people, and avert terror attacks.

The trial run to fine-tune the system and plug loopholes has begun, Divisional Railway Manager Sunil Bajpai told The Hindu here.





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