Saturday, January 17, 2015

Railways to reserve four seats in every coach for ex-armymen

PTI Jan 15, 2015, 05.56PM IST

NEW DELHI: Ex-army personnel will be given preference in reservation of two berths on each side of the coach as part of railways' strategy to utilise their service in any emergency situation during the journey.Railways expect that allocating two berths at each side of the coach is a strategical move to counter crime in trains.
"We are making certain modification in the software to reserve four seats - two in each side of the entry - in a coach for ex-army personnel," said a senior Railway Ministry official.
The new system is expected to be operational next month. Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu while addressing the conference on railway security also said there is a plan to utilise ex-armymen. He, however, did not elaborate the plan.
The Railways is currently plagued with increased crime particularly involving women passengers.
Decision to utilise the service of ex-armymen in emergency is one of the many initiatives being undertaken by railways to prevent crime in rail premises, he said.
According to the strategy, the side berths at entry points will be automatically reserved, once the ex-army personnel books a ticket in his name.
The official said currently there are no dedicated seats for the ex-armymen but by earmarking the seats we are trying to instill confidence in the passengers.
Currently RPF personnel are deployed in 1300 trains and GRP is deputed in 2200 trains.
According to the plan, RPF will be manning about 5000 trains with recruitment and training process of 16,500 personnel nearing completion.
(Source - Economic Times)


  1. Smell from unclean lavatory is added bonus! Why cant they suitably subsidize the fare?

    1. L Raju, Ex-ServicemanJanuary 30, 2015 at 3:44 PM

      While serving in Army, the soldiers were not given enough time to reserve in the train and they traveled near the lavatory. This move comparatively better

  2. Very nice sir. It should be also. Good news.

  3. The expectation of the Railway Minister will be fulfilled regarding safety of women if the system is introduced. Well done.