Tatkal scheme bags Rs 356-cr profit- It is actually an official racket.

Tatkal scheme bags Rs 356-cr profit- It is actually an official racket.

New Delhi, Dec 15: Railways has made a profit of more than Rs 300
crore alone from its Tatkal scheme of passengers reservation this
year.

"The Railways earned Rs 356 crore from its Tatkal scheme this year
(October 2008). The profit is expected to go up," a senior ministry
official said.

The Tatkal (immediate) scheme of reservation was launched by
Railways a couple of years back. Under the scheme, passengers can
book their tickets five days in advance from the date of boarding by
paying additional charges.

In 2006-07, railways earned a Rs 207-crore profit as compared to Rs
396 crore in 2007-08 from the scheme. According to officials, Tatkal
booking opens at 8 am on five days before of actual date of journey
excluding date of the journey.

The ministry, apparently happy with the outcome of the scheme is
also planning to make service more user-friendly.

"The ministry is also considering to extend the number of counters
which issue Tatkal tickets, at major stations. It is also
considering to open such counters at different other locations," the
official said.

The Railway has recently relaxed proof of identity of the passenger
seeking reservation under Tatkal scheme neither at the time of
booking nor during the journey.

For tickets booked through the internet using railways website or
private portals, a passenger has to carry one of the five identity
proofs authorised by the railways ministry while travelling, he said.

Article Source:http://www.centralchronicle.com/20081216/1612164.htm

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