Madurai Divisional Railway Manager A.K. Rastogi denies that the passenger security has been compromised. He also refutes the claim that the general checking squad has been dismantled.

“We have only diverted some of them to the reserved compartments as we have to collect EFTs from all passengers,” he says.

Conceding a shortage of TTEs, he says the redeployment has been made so that no express or passenger train runs unmanned.

According to him, platform checking too is done to contain revenue loss to the Railways.

Rubbishing the charges that the number of ticketless travellers had increased, Mr.Rastogi cited statistics to point out that the earnings had increased by 13.4 per cent this February, as compared to the corresponding period last year.

“Railway Protection Force and Tamil Nadu Railway Police personnel are manning trains. Therefore, the security of passengers is well taken care of,” he asserts. The examination for recruitment of TTEs was conducted last December and the authorities expect that, by June, additional TTEs would join the division to meet the staff crunch.