By: M.S.Yatnatti: Editor and Video Journalist Bengaluru: Despite YTSKs have became operational in Bengaluru it is reported that Mr Shridhar Murthy, Senior DCM, Bangalore Division - SWR allowed relocation of existing PRS at Govindarajnagar (Vijayanagar) instead of closing it as per Railway Board Policy. It is causing huge loss to Indian Railways as it looses 25 per cent of the service charges levied on the customer for booking and cancellation of reserved tickets in YTSK.Apart from running PRS also is huge loss to Indian Railways as it deploy the officers for running it and it pays huge rental to the premises and maintaining it. Indian Railways in an efforts to rationalize staff have closed down several PRS counters at all India level basis. The employees are being deployed elsewhere. Instead of continuing with PRS counters Indian railway's will engage the agents to operate YTSKs. Such people will pay for the equipment and a license fee and they can then access the PRS. But few officers at SWR (South western railway) with an intension to cause railway to suffer financial losses instead of closing they are restarting and relocating the PRS counter, which was closed at Vijayanagar (Govindarajnagar) and they are illegally shifting it to other place at Magadi Road without proper approval from railway top officers in gross violation of Indian railway policy of closing the PRS counter and promoting YTSKs. For easy access of tickets from counters other than railway stations, Indian Railways has open up Yatri Ticket Suvidha Kendra (YTSK). These kendras will sell both reserved and unreserved tickets through PRS (passenger reservation system) and UTS (unreserved ticketing system) counters respectively. A railway has also allowed private participation in the establishment and operation of these centres. In this connection, Indian Railways has given instructions to all the zonal railways including North Central Railway. Mr Shridhar Murthy, Senior DCM Bangalore Division-SWR needs to close PRS instead of continuing with PRS counters, Indian railway will engage agents to operate YTSKs deploy employees elsewhere avoid financial loss to Indian Railways..
By promoting the YTSKs, JTBS counters and ATVMs, railwayhope to reduce the booking time for tickets to five minutes or less,” "Railway minister Suresh Prabhu doesn't want people to waste more than five minutes at ticket booking counters. As it is nearly 45% sales at PRS counters fell after online ticketing became popular. In our efforts to rationalize staff, we have closed down several PRS counters. The employees are being deployed elsewhere. Instead of continuing with PRS counters we will engage agents to operate YTSKs. Such people will pay for the equipment and a license fee and they can then access the PRS. We shall issue them blank rolls with the help of which they will issue reserved and unreserved tickets to people. We want to extend services so people do not queue up at counters. We also want more unreserved ticket counters. We already have 66 Jansadharan Ticket Booking Seva (JTBS) counters under ER. In the first quarter of this year, we have issued 26 new licences though our target was 15. There are 11 JTBS counters near Sealdah and they are doing roaring business. Unfortunately, the one near Howrah isn't too popular. Why do people want to waste 15 minutes in queue when they can get a ticket immediately by paying an additional rupee? To reduce queues, we have also introduced exact fare counters,” ER general manager R K Gupta reportedly told the reporters . Till now, agents appointed by the railways could only issue e-tickets. Eastern Railway will engaged people to operate Yatri Ticket Suvidha Kendras (YTSKs) to sell normal reserved and unreserved tickets through the Indian Railways' Passenger Reservation System (PRS) and Unreserved Ticketing System (UTS). This is an attempt to rationalize staffing and allow people to book tickets nearer to home. This will also reduce touting to a large extent.