Indian Railways News

Aadhaar-Based Attendance System For Railway Staff By January 31

Cracking the whip on latecomers, the railway ministry has said it will install Aadhaar-based biometric attendance system across its zones and divisions by January 31 next year.

The railway board issued a letter in this regard to all zones on November 3. According to the order, the biometric attendance system would be first implemented in the offices of all divisions, zones, Metro Rail Kolkata, railways workshop, factories and production units by November 30.

 “The plan is to put a check on the officials arriving late or not coming to work at all,” a senior rail official told PTI.

“Once the Aadhaar-based biometric attendance system is installed across the railway zones and divisions by January 31, 2018, this problem can be addressed,” the official added.

In the second phase, it will be implemented in all the offices of Railways, including public undertakings, attached and subordinate offices by January 31, 2018.

Currently, the system is already in place in the railway board and few zonal headquarters.

The letter from the board also states the biometric system should be integrated and implemented in such a way that it can be monitored by the divisional railway manager’s office.

 It has also instructed that CCTV cameras be provided with the biometric machine.

Biometric Attendance System In Railway Offices By January

The Railway Ministry has planned to install Aadhar-based biometric attendance system in all its zones and divisions by January 31, 2018, an official said on Sunday.

The railway official told IANS: “The Railway Board has came up with a plan to put a check on the officials arriving late or not coming to work.

“The plan is to install Aadhar biometric attendance systaem across all the railway zones and divisions by January 31, 2018.”

 The official added that a letter regarding the system’s installation was received by all the zones last week.

As per the order, the biometric attendance system would be first implemented in the offices of all divisions, zones, RDSO, Metro Rail Kolkata, railways workshop, factories and productions units by November 30.

While in the second phase, the system needs to be implemented in all the offices of Railways, including public undertakings, attached and subordinate offices by January 31, 2018.

Currently the system is available in the railway board and few zonal headquarters.

‘He Has Anger Management Issues’: UP Cops On German Who Alleged Assault

Just two weeks after a Swiss couple was brutally attacked in Uttar Pradesh, a German national has alleged assault by a railway supervisor in Sonbhadra district on Saturday. But the police said they were not convinced with the foreign national’s version that he was the victim.

Holger Ereek, who had arrived in Sonbhadra from Benaras to visit the Agori Fort, had alleged he was attacked at the Robertsganj railway station. But the accused, Aman Kumar, contradicted him, saying the German hit him first when he greeted him. “I am innocent… the German national punched me when I said ‘welcome to India’ to him. He even spit on me,” he alleged.

“This German national may have some problems… anger management issues, depression or some aberration,” Anand Kumar, a senior UP police officer told a media briefing in state capital Lucknow. “He was aggressive with a railway supervisor who intervened too… and later, the police post in-charge,” the Additional Director General of Police said.

“According to reports, the railway supervisor enquired the German national about his well-being, which angered him. The German hit the railway employee, who might have pushed him in retaliation,” Mr Kumar said.

A UP police statement said Mr Ereek was already facing a stabbing charge in Himachal Pradesh’s Kullu district in July last year. His passport and visa was also impounded in this case.

Refusing to speak to reporters, Holger Ereek, who has sustained minor injuries, said, “India have rules… the Supreme Court says privacy is a fundamental law. So please don’t disturb my privacy. I am here to launch an FIR and that’s it”.

“It was simply a squabble, it is not a serious incident,” Ram Pratap Singh, Superintendent of Police, Sonbhadra, told NDTV.

Last month, a Swiss tourist couple was attacked near Agra last month, sparking widespread outrage. Quentin Jeremy Clerc, 24, suffered a fractured skull and may have partial hearing loss, and his girlfriend Marie Droxz had a broken arm after they were hit with sticks and stones by a group that had chased them from a railway station in Fatehpur Sikri, the popular tourist destination right next to Agra.

As the couple lay wounded on the road after the attack, witnesses took videos on their mobile phones.

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Tourism Minister KJ Alphons had written to Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, who was left confronting serious questions about safety in his state while on a visit to the Taj Mahal, where he also clicked photos with foreign tourists.

Rajdhani, Shatabdi Late By An Hour? Railways To Send SMS To Passengers

Passengers of Rajdhani and Shatabdi will now get text messages on their mobile phones if their scheduled trains get delayed by more than an hour.

Currently, the SMS messages are being sent to wait-listed passengers after the confirmation of their berths.

Railways made the much-needed facility operational on Saturday for all Rajdhani and Shatabdi trains, said a senior Railway Ministry official involved with the project, adding that the SMS facility would be extended to other trains too in a phased manner.

Developed by the Centre for Railway Information Systems (CRIS), the information technological arm of the Railways, the SMS facility is considered to be an important service for passengers.

The official said in order to avail this facility, passengers are advised to mention their mobile numbers on the reservation slips.

It is a passenger-friendly free service for which the Railways bear the cost of SMS.

There was a trial run of the service on a few Rajdhani and Shatabdi trains.

There were a few glitches found during the trial run which were addressed. Now the service is fully operational in all Rajdhani and Shatabdi trains, he said.

 

There are total 23 pairs of Rajdhani and 26 pairs of Shatabdi trains running across the country.

Though Railways has increased the speed of many trains to reduce travel time, some trains are running late due to various reasons like track repair.

Station Manager Suspended After Hema Malini Escapes Bull Attack

Days after BJP MP Hema Malini narrowly escaped a bull attack at the Mathura Junction railway station, the station manager has been suspended for allegedly failing to curb the menace, an official said today.

Station manager KL Meena has not only been suspended but also a probe has been ordered into the incident, Sanchit Tyagi, Divisional Commercial Manager North Central Railway, said.

 KL Meena was suspended for failing to stop the cattle menace on the platform, he said.

Mr Tyagi said the BJP MP from Mathura was narrowly saved from the attack by a bull when she had gone to the railway station to check for the possibility of revamping the station.

PL Meena would look after the Mathura Junction railway station as the station manager in his place, he said.

Western Railways Launches ‘Eyewatch Railways’ App For Women’s Safety

The Railway Protection Force or RPF of Western Railway has developed and introduced a mobile application for the security of women commuters travelling between Churchgate and Virar suburban railway stations.

The free app, ‘Eyewatch Railways’, launched last month, has been developed by RPF of Western Railway in collaboration with Eyewatch Technologies Pvt Ltd. It can be downloaded on an android phone from Google Playstore and on iPhone from the Apple iStore, said chief PRO of Western Railway Ravinder Bhakar.

 “This app has an alert button, by tapping which or simply pressing the power button four times, Eyewatch Railways notifies the RPF Control and informs the user’s call guardians via SMS. It has location updation feature as well, which allows the RPF Control Center to view the commuter’s constantly updated locations until she reaches at a safe destination,” he said.

This app helps women commuters in times of emergency, as they can immediately send out their location, video and audio which can instantly be viewed on the emergency response control centre at the RPF Control room at Mumbai Central, he added.

“The eight chosen guardians, doctors and security personnel also receive the alert SMS and automatically a phone call is made to the them (guardians). It functions only when a commuter uses it while on railway premises,” he added.

The application has been customised for the Railway Protection Force (RPF) to dispatch an immediate response by sending RPF personnel from the nearest station to help the Women Commuters, the official said adding, “Over one lakh passengers have downloaded the app so far.”

According to Mr Bhakar, this app has audio/visual stream facility as well, through which Eyewatch automatically records up to 60 seconds pre-alert audio and 20 seconds post-alert video.

“In addition to it, it displays the current battery (status of the user’s phone), network signal strength, blood group, type of emergency along with other important data that can be viewed on the web-based Eyewatch Control Center located at the RPF Control Room,” Mr Bhakar said.

IRCTC Train Ticket Cancellation, Refund Rules – Sleeper, AC 1, AC 2, AC 3, Confirmed, Waitlisted, RAC Tickets

Are you aware of the train ticket cancellation and refund rules on confirmed, waitlisted and RAC (Reservation Against Cancellation) tickets for sleeper and AC classes? E-tickets – or tickets booked online – can be cancelled online till chart preparation, according to IRCTC (Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation), the e-ticket service provider for Indian Railways. According to IRCTC’s website – irctc.co.in, for trains starting up to 12 noon, chart preparation is usually done the previous night. The refund would be credited back to the account used for booking online tickets, after deduction of applicable cancellation charges. Remember: E-ticket cancellations are not allowed at railway counters.

Here are 10 things to know about train ticket cancellation and refund rules:

Cancellation Of Confirmed Ticket

1) Confirmed ticket cancelled up to 48 hours before the scheduled departure of train: Ticket cancellation charges will be deducted at Rs. 240 for AC First Class/Executive Class, Rs. 200 for AC 2 Tier/First Class, Rs. 180 for AC 3 Tier/AC Chair car/AC 3 Economy, Rs.120 for Sleeper Class and Rs.60 for Second Class. Remember that cancellation charges are levied on a per passenger basis.

2) Confirmed ticket cancelled within 48 hours and up to 12 hours before the scheduled departure of train: Ticket cancellation charges will be 25 per cent of the fare subject to the minimum flat rate mentioned above.

 3) Confirmed ticket cancelled between 12 hours and up to four hours before the scheduled departure: Cancellation charges will be 50 per cent of the fare paid subject to the minimum cancellation rate.

E-Ticket Cancellation

4) E-tickets cannot be cancelled after chart preparation. No refund of fare shall be admissible on the ticket having confirmed reservation in case ticket is not cancelled or TDR (ticket deposit receipt) not filed online up to four hours before the scheduled departure of the train, according to the IRCTC website.

5) In case of cancellation of trains, for e-tickets, an automatic refund is granted. Filing of TDR or ticket deposit receipt is not required.

Wait-Listed, RAC Ticket Cancellation

6) RAC (reservation against cancellation) train tickets or wait-listed train tickets cancelled up to 30 minutes before the departure of train – refund will be granted. No cancellation charge is levied and full fare is refunded to passengers holding confirmed, RAC and wait-listed tickets if the journey is not undertaken due to late running of train by more than three hours of scheduled departure, subject to the condition that the ticket is surrendered prior to actual departure of train.

7) For a PRS (Passenger Reservation System) counter ticket, in case of train cancellation, a refund is permissible within three days excluding the scheduled day of departure of train.

Cancellation Of Tatkal Ticket

8) Remember no refund is granted on cancellation of confirmed Tatkal train tickets.

9) If a train is running late by more than 3 hours or train is cancelled, you can file TDR for claiming refund, according to IRCTC.

Partial Cancellation Of Train Tickets

10) If there is any partial cancellation of ticket, please ensure that a fresh e-reservation slip (electronic reservation slip) is printed separately as done for the original ticket, according to the IRCTC website.

Western Railways Launches ‘Eyewatch Railways’ App For Women’s Safety

The Railway Protection Force or RPF of Western Railway has developed and introduced a mobile application for the security of women commuters travelling between Churchgate and Virar suburban railway stations.

The free app, ‘Eyewatch Railways’, launched last month, has been developed by RPF of Western Railway in collaboration with Eyewatch Technologies Pvt Ltd. It can be downloaded on an android phone from Google Playstore and on iPhone from the Apple iStore, said chief PRO of Western Railway Ravinder Bhakar.

“This app has an alert button, by tapping which or simply pressing the power button four times, Eyewatch Railways notifies the RPF Control and informs the user’s call guardians via SMS. It has location updation feature as well, which allows the RPF Control Center to view the commuter’s constantly updated locations until she reaches at a safe destination,” he said.

This app helps women commuters in times of emergency, as they can immediately send out their location, video and audio which can instantly be viewed on the emergency response control centre at the RPF Control room at Mumbai Central, he added.

“The eight chosen guardians, doctors and security personnel also receive the alert SMS and automatically a phone call is made to the them (guardians). It functions only when a commuter uses it while on railway premises,” he added.

The application has been customised for the Railway Protection Force (RPF) to dispatch an immediate response by sending RPF personnel from the nearest station to help the Women Commuters, the official said adding, “Over one lakh passengers have downloaded the app so far.”

According to Mr Bhakar, this app has audio/visual stream facility as well, through which Eyewatch automatically records up to 60 seconds pre-alert audio and 20 seconds post-alert video.

“In addition to it, it displays the current battery (status of the user’s phone), network signal strength, blood group, type of emergency along with other important data that can be viewed on the web-based Eyewatch Control Center located at the RPF Control Room,” Mr Bhakar said.

Aadhaar-Verified Passengers Can Now Book 12 Railway Tickets A Month Online

Indian Railways has increased the monthly cap on tickets booked on the ICRTC portal from six to 12 for Aadhaar-verified passengers, officials said.

The move, which came into effect on October 26, is believed to be an innovative way for the railways to encourage passengers to link their Aadhar numbers to their online booking accounts on IRCTC.

IRCTC officials said passengers can continue to book up to six tickets a month without validating their Aadhaar cards.

If the number goes beyond six, the Aadhaar number of the user and one of the passengers should be updated in the IRCTC portal, an official explained.

Users on the IRCTC portal have to click on Aadhaar KYC under the ‘my profile’ category and update their Aadhaar number.

A one-time password (OTP) will be sent to the mobile number linked to Aadhaar and should be entered for verification.

In addition, the Aadhaar number of any one of the accompanying passengers should also be updated under the master list . This will be validated through an OTP.

Users can store the names of verified passengers accompanying them on the ‘master list’. This should be done before starting the process for booking more than six tickets a month, officials said.

The move is expected to eliminate malpractices in ticket bookings as touts and travel agents cannot create fake user IDs anymore.

In the IRCTC portal, six passengers can be reserved on a single ticket under general quota while Tatkal bookings allow four passengers per ticket.

The railways had announced in December last year that registration of Aadhaar with IRCTC was mandatory to avail concessions from April 1, 2017, but dropped the idea after opposition from various forums.

IRCTC Now Lets Aadhaar-Verified Users Book Up to 12 Railway Tickets a Month

Indian Railways has increased the monthly cap on tickets booked on the IRCTC portal from six to 12 for Aadhaar-verified passengers, officials said.

The move, which came into effect on October 26, is believed to be an innovative way for the railways to encourage passengers to link their Aadhaar numbers to their online booking accounts on IRCTC.

IRCTC officials said passengers can continue to book up to six tickets a month without validating their Aadhaar cards. If the number goes beyond six, the Aadhaar number of the user and one of the passengers should be updated in the IRCTC portal, an official explained.

Users on the IRCTC portal have to click on Aadhaar KYC under the ‘my profile’ category and update their Aadhaar number. A one-time password (OTP) will be sent to the mobile number linked to Aadhaar and should be entered for verification.

In addition, the Aadhaar number of any one of the accompanying passengers should also be updated under the ‘master list’. This will be validated through an OTP. Users can store the names of verified passengers accompanying them on the ‘master list’. This should be done before starting the process for booking more than six tickets a month, officials said.

The move is expected to eliminate malpractices in ticket bookings as touts and travel agents cannot create fake user IDs any more.

In the IRCTC portal, six passengers can be reserved on a single ticket under general quota while Tatkal bookings allow four passengers per ticket.

The railways had announced in December last year that registration of Aadhaar with IRCTC was mandatory to avail concessions from April 1, 2017, but dropped the idea after opposition from various forums.

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