Train thefts: Travelling Ticket Examiners among 28 rail staff held this year

How can the Railways protect passengers from theft committed by its staff? This is a question troubling officials of the Indian Railways.

Written by Avishek G Dastidar | New Delhi | Updated: November 12, 2017 7:07 am
 Indian Railways, Travelling Ticket Examiners, TTEs, TTE theft cases, Railway theft case, India news, Indian Express The 21 cases saw arrests of two TTEs, 15 coach attendants, five staff involved in managing linen, three pantry waiters, and three involved in on-board housekeeping. (Representational Image)

How can the Railways protect passengers from theft committed by its staff? This is a question troubling officials of the Indian Railways as an internal analysis has found that 28 in-house staff, including Travelling Ticket Examiners (TTEs), were involved in 21 cases of theft in moving trains since January this year.

The ministry’s Security establishment has found that those arrested for theft included both its own staff as well as those belonging to contractors who had been outsourced by various railway departments.

“The figures are about reported incidents whereas there is enough reason to believe that some of the incidents of thefts… go unreported by passengers where involvement/connivance of onboard staff with criminals cannot be completely ruled out,” says a note from Director General of Railway Protection Force Dharmendra Kumar.

The 21 cases saw arrests of two TTEs, 15 coach attendants, five staff involved in managing linen, three pantry waiters, and three involved in on-board housekeeping.

Passenger trains have staff belonging to contractors managed by various departments. The catering contractor, for instance, deploys its staff for food, while the Housekeeping directorate employs teams for housekeeping and linen management.

The ministry now wants all outsourced staff to be verified through their Aadhaar numbers, bank account details and other documents.

The Security establishment has proposed that while department staff engaged in such activities should face strict disciplinary action, services of those on the rolls of contractors should be terminated immediately.

“Measures to fix responsibility and make outsourced contractors liable… may be seriously thought of,” says Kumar’s note. Most of the cases of theft were of mobile phones, women’s purses and men’s wallets, besides some cases of gold jewellery, laptops and cash.

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    Sima Adak
    Nov 16, 2017 at 10:04 pm
    Railway employees are beggar. It is habit poor low culture of Rail. But theft ???? Shame shame shame. I hate Rail employees for low performance, corruption. Please Piyush Goel make Rail private. Rail can revive after private
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      Sima Adak
      Nov 16, 2017 at 9:59 pm
      After 7th Pay Commission Rail employees TTE RPF are thief ???? I ask Arun Jaitly to give 10th Pay Commission. Rail is the highest corruption organization in India. Stop free pass ,termination immediately thief Rail employees
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        Bedomita Deb
        Nov 13, 2017 at 12:26 am
        I agree to this report ad i too am of victim of one such theft and i wont be surprise of the RPF staffs are also involved because when i reported about the theft of my mobile the TTE told that he will send RPF STAFF to lodge my complain. When the RPF STAFF arrived i was shocked that they did not even carry a piece of paper to note down vital informations leave alone the case diary. Their at udes and motives clearly pointed to the fact that they came to meet me just as a formality and had not the slightest intention to really take note of the theft. This is really really sad . Railways should take action against those persons on duty whenever any such incidents occur and recover the value to the articles lost frim them only than can such incidents will be controled.
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          Raj
          Nov 12, 2017 at 9:36 pm
          What about all the houses of railway officials that are rented out to others, the TTE that collect money to give you a better on long distance trains, or the coolies who help get you tickets, how come they are never checked,
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            Punit Mittal
            Nov 12, 2017 at 2:57 pm
            These s must be involved from many years. And there must be many more like these. Railways should trace them and should terminate all immediately.
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