More equal than others?

Kashmir Times. Dated: 10/12/2018 1:09:40 PM

Dear Editor,
An RTI response from Rajya Sabha Secretariat confirmed that no cancellation-charges are levied on cancelled rail-reservation done by Parliamentarians because they are privileged with facility of free rail-travel.
It is a bitter fact that all seats and berths in railways in first-class air-conditioned coaches are full much-much in advance mostly in name of Parliamentarians which are not availed in practice in most cases, causing problems for passengers desiring reservation in first-class air-conditioned class.
This is a criminal waste of public-resources. System may be formulated whereby full cancellation-charges may be recovered from Parliamentarians not availing rail-reservation like is done from members of public. Full cost of rail-ticket may be recovered from Parliamentarians who neither travel nor cancel their train-reservation.
Since seats and berths in first-class air-conditioned train-coaches are very limited and mostly reserved for Parliamentarians with free-travel facility, Parliamentarians should be allowed free rail-travel only upto second-class air-conditioned class. In case, they wish to travel in higher class like first-class air-conditioned or proposed Anubhuti class, they should be asked to pay for such luxury-travel. Facility of free travel in these higher classes should be only on payment-basis abolishing free travel-facility altogether for any category.
—Madhu Agrawal,
1775 Kucha Lattushah
Dariba, Chandni Chowk Delhi



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