Suggesting an institutional mechanism to manage booking and cancellation of tickets for the Ministers of Parliament, the Central Information Commissioner has asked to weed out mismanagements.
The CIC made the recommendation after they receive a RTI plea of activist Subhash Chandra Agrawal, which said, “The Commission recommend certain steps be taken to remove any malpractices if existing in the process of ticket booking and cancellation by the Parliamentarians.”
The plea further mentioned that “Railway Board should adopt a system whereby a travelling Parliamentarian may be required to submit the identity proof apart from filling a form confirming their reserved accommodation.”
“Railway Board must incorporate proper system ensuring that Parliamentarians only may be able to make online railway reservations so as to avoid mischievous elements making fraud bookings in the name of Parliamentarians,” said Agrawal.
The CIC added, “It would be prudent for the public authority to revisit the present practice being followed and strengthen its systems to ensure that the larger public interest gets protected.”
The CIC further asked the Railway Board chairman to consider institutional mechanism to avoid any inconvenience to the public. The order came after revelations that the Parliamentarians do not always travel on the multiple reservations they make in trains, which they often fail to cancel.