The inspectors, all railway employees, have been asked to visit the houses of all pensioners in this age bracket, obtain their signatures and, if possible, that of their neighbours as witnesses to certify that the beneficiary is alive.
The Railways’ operating ratio touched 98% in September, and settled in the vicinity of 97% in October. Achieving the target of 88.5% by March looks difficult; and the Railways would do very well to better last year’s 91.8%.
The SMS tickets might also carry advertisements, so that the national transporter does not have to bear the cost of sending them. Railways has already started talking to advertising agencies in this regard.
While a passenger has to shell out Rs 200 for the Tatkal booking of Sleeper class instead of Rs 175, for AC-3 the maximum revised charge is Rs 400 instead of Rs 350 earlier and minimum is Rs 300 instead of Rs 250, according to the Railway notification.