Indian Railways initiates measures to curb unauthorised vending

Maligaon (Guwahati), June 11 (MexN): In order to curb unscrupulous hawkers and unauthorised vendors causing inconvenience to bona-fide train passengers, Indian Railways has initiated various measures and 2.2 lakhs such offenders were arrested all over the country last year.

Up to April this year alone, 62 thousand such offenders were booked under relevant provisions in section 144 of Railway Act, 1989, informed a press release from the Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR) Chief Public Relations Officer, Pranav Jyoti Sharma.

Ministry of Railways has now decided to step up actions against such unauthorised vendors and instructed all zonal railways to take all possible preventive measures and a set of guidelines has been issued so that eradicate the “menace” completely, it said.

Among others, major sections and trains affected with these activities are being identified and a close watch is being kept on trains having no pantry cars.

Railway Protection Force personnel in zonal railways are asked to go for surprise checks on the identified sections and trains in close coordination with the Commercial Department, the release informed.

It has also been decided to dismantle all unauthorised kitchens in and around the stations limits or along the tracks to stop the source supply of items for vending, it said.

Further, the railway has decided to issue Identity Cards to authorised vendors.

“Steps are being taken to co-ordinate services provided by registered vendors to the passengers and their grievances are being paid attention. As an incentive, railway officers and other employees will be rewarded for initiating steps in stopping unauthorised vending,” it added.