In an modification to the railways Act, 1989, the railway is now together with a provision to impose penalty on these committing e-ticketing frauds, sources stated. The growth comes in view of the latest on-line ticketing scams. According to the proposed modification to the Act, a positive of greater than Rs two lakh can be imposed for the offence, stated sources.
The proposal, nonetheless, doesn’t counsel a rise in the three-year jail time period for these convicted.
A ministry supply stated the necessity to embrace a brand new provision is felt with rising variety of fraud instances.
“Cases of such frauds have been increasing and a need was felt to include a new provision. The new provision has been proposed by the railway Protection Force. It will involve an amendment to the Act. This has to be approved by the railway Board,” he stated.
The current act has a provision to punish these touts who illegally promote, buy or makes an attempt to promote or buy tickets. The act nonetheless, doesn’t envision e-ticket fraud.
Those committing e-ticketing fraud are punishable with imprisonment for a time period, which can be prolonged to up to three years, or with positive which can prolong to ten thousand rupees, or with each, in accordance to the Act.
Those arrested for on-line frauds are at the moment booked below the Information and Technology Act together with related provisions of the Indian Penal Code.
The amended Act will search to empower the authorised personnel of the RPF, industrial, vigilance departments to cope with instances associated to the brand new provision, sources stated.
The proposal additionally contains hike in fines for inflicting nuisance, particularly in opposition to ladies passengers and encroachment of compartments reserved for individuals with disabilities or ladies and littering.