By: M.S.Yatnatti: Editor and Video Journalist Bengaluru: Railway administration itself is indulging in illegal profiteering by way of blocking several hundred seats or tickets for premium Tatkal Scheme and gaining illegal profits at the cost of losing faith of common people and common passengers .E-Ticketing is still about only 44% but Counter sales are about 66% and it still require the Rail Travellers Service Agents (RTSA) and. E-Ticketing agents .Service industry is the biggest industry. They provide service and earn their lively hood. If railway stop providing service then people will opt for other modes of transport and railway will be biggest loser. Railway ticket booking agents will not be allowed to book tickets at the computerized reservation centres of the railway administration. This is biggest blunder committed by railway administration. Converting RTSA into E-Ticketing agents and removing them from counters is not wise decision .They do physical service to the railway customers which is not provided byE-Ticketing agentsand also by keeping or removingRail Travellers Service Agents (RTSA) railway administration does notlose anything extra but it will loose the extrapassengers booked by RTSA. The Railways authorizes the Rail Travellers Service Agents (RTSA) to book tickets for train travel. Agents charge passengers an additional sum for the service Rs 25/- per passengerfor Ist ACC/2-AC Sleeper/Ist Class/ AC3-Tier/ AC Chair Car and Rs 15/- per passenger for Sleeper Class/IInd class .
I have asked PIO of Indian Railway provide me the information under section 4(1) (a) (b) (c) (d) of RTI Act 2005 whether they have power to block tickets and later sell them as Tatkal Tickets by betting or bidding or selling in Auction to railway commuters and discriminating among poor passengers and wealthy passengers or provide opportunity for tickrt gamblers ?.This information and reasons need to be provided to me as per Guide on RTIto Information Act 2005 published by the Government of India Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions Department of Personnel & Training (available here :http://rti.gov.in/RTICorner/Guideonrti.pdf) on page 12 and Para 9, following is stated: Providing Reasons for Decisions: The public authorities take various administrative and quasi-judicial decisions which affect the interests of certain persons. It is mandatory for the concerned public authority to provide reasons for such decisions to the affected persons. It may be done by using appropriate mode of communication .Attention is also invited towards the thread 'affected person ' under rti act.In fact, it can be said that "Affected" refers back to an action. The"Affected Persons" are the ones who are affected by that action. The reasons need to be given to affected person and copy of that can be given to me under 2 f of RTI Act. The KSOUoffice is THE PUBLIC AUTHORITY under obligation to provide information "PUBLICLY” under section 4(1) (a) (b) (c) (d).