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MORE “YTSKS” IN BENAGALURU COMPUTERISED PASSENGER RESERVATION SYSTEM (PRS)-CUM-UNRESERVED TICKETING SYSTEM (UTS) FACILITY

 
 
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MORE “YTSKS” IN BENAGALURU COMPUTERISED PASSENGER RESERVATION SYSTEM (PRS)-CUM-UNRESERVED TICKETING SYSTEM (UTS) FACILITY
by System Administrator - Tuesday, 28 March 2017, 5:38 AM
 

By : M.S.Yatnatti: Editor and Video Journalist Bangalore : All authorized Railway ticketing agents, including Rail Travel Service Agents (RTSAs) and Jansadharan Ticket Booking Sewaks  (JTBS) of Indian Railways and also the ticketing agents appointed by Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC), who have worked / currently working for atleast five years are eligible to apply under the scheme of YTSK .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 reportedlytold the reporters . Till now, agents appointed by the railways could only issue e-tickets. Eastern Railway will engage 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.Tenders were calledin several railway zones and Allotment of Yatri Tiket Seva Kendra (YTSK) was made For PRS And UTS Tiket Counter, From Authorize Rail Tickets Agent, JTBS Licensee, RTSA, Authorized IRCTC Ticketing were made .A new scheme called the Yatri Ticket Sewa Kendra (YTSK) Scheme has been launched in August 2014. Under this scheme, agents of Indian Railways can operate ticketing terminals at various locations in the cities and towns for issuing reserved tickets and unreserved tickets. The scheme is aimed at expanding the reach of the ticketing systems of Indian Railways and evokes the principles of PPP and provides for revenue sharing between the private operators and Indian Railways.