Declaration not necessary for renewing season tickets
The railway has done away with the practice of insisting on declaration forms while renewing season tickets. The declaration, however, will have to be submitted when the season ticket is bought for the first time.
Besides providing details like address, father’s name and purpose of journey among other personal information, commuters will have to declare in the form that the railway has the authority to cancel or not renew the season ticket if the holder violates any railway rule. TOI had demanded in its various reports to discontinue the practice.
Commuters have also been demanding an end to the practice. “This is a senseless exercise. If they are keen to have details of commuters, they should maintain a record when the forms are submitted for the first time,” Thrissur railway passengers association general secretary P Krishnakumar said.
The railway itself had maintained that its officials hardly go through the forms stacked up in cupboards.
The order to this effect was issued on Thursday. The railway had recently stopped the practice of insisting on a photocopy of the identity card while renewing the season tickets.
Officials said instances of misuse of season tickets had come down after declaration forms were made mandatory.
“Passengers cannot travel more than 150 km with a season ticket but we have come across instances of people buying separate season tickets to travel beyond the stipulated distance. Most of them were traders and courier boys,” a senior official from the Thiruvananthapuram railway division said.
(PV Shyam, Times of India dt 7-11-2014)