Dharmendra Kumar, head train ticket examiner at Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST), has created a record of sorts by collecting fines totalling to Rs 12.21 lakh in just one month last year. And, his annual fine collection shot way past his colleagues to Rs 73 lakh.
Kumar said he had checked 30,000-40,000 passengers in 2012, of which 14,598 were found to be travelling without a valid ticket on both suburban and the outstation trains. Recognizing his achievement, the Central Railway recently conferred the CR General Manager Award 2013 on Kumar.
“Kumar has the distinction of recording the highest ticket-checking earnings by any individual staff. The general manger recently felicitated 236 officials from various departments and he was one of the recipients of the GM award,” said CR spokesperson A K Singh.
R R Kurup, a senior vigilance inspector (traffic), also bagged the GM’s award for conducting 185 preventive checks of which 90 were successful. Kurup apprehended 32 touts and handed them over to Railway Protection Force for prosecution.
He also seized “illegally procured” railway tickets amounting to Rs 13.51 lakh from touts and was instrumental in curbing the menace at CST and Dadar among other stations.
The Central Railway Board conferred the Railway Board Award on T A Ramchandran, also a vigilance officer, for nabbing 46 touts and seizing 1,196 tickets amounting to Rs 24.13 lakh. His main achievement was the detection of a racket in which touts procured tatkal tickets from Kolkata and Bihar, and sold them at high prices in Mumbai.