Railway Board has asked all its zonal offices to enforce a strict plastic ban at all stations from October 2.
Irrespective of resolution in US, the issue qualifies for a probe in India as it falls under the purview of the Prevention of Corruption Act, Indian Penal Code and Companies Act, lawyers informed.
Built for a quick intra-day travel on Shatabdi Express routes like Delhi-Bhopal, Chennai-Bengaluru and Mumbai-Ahmedabad, the sixteen-coach train has latest amenities and can cut down on travel time by 10-15%.
The DVAC, which is probing the cash-for-marks scam, suspects that the company might not have applied for the contract by the due date.
Around 93% of Southern Railway’s passengers are in the unreserved segement and this has only gone up after the recent bus fare hike across Tamil Nadu, statistics show.
Railway zones are under pressure to show higher punctuality and lower asset failures and accidents. To avoid embarrassment, zones often under-report the data.
The employees in question have been absent for a period of three to six months or even five years, without informing their superiors, say railway officials.
While data sourced from the TNPSC shows that 19.83 lakh applied for the exam, a top official in the commission said more than 15 lakh had appeared for the exam.
The CVC’s 2017 report said around 11,200 complaints were received against railway employees in 2016, the highest in the list of complaints against officials of central government agencies.
The idea is to ensure that gold, in the new form, is concealed in a hard metallic device or container and goes undetected by scanners.
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