New Delhi. After the announcement of free Wi-Fi in select trains by Railway minister, Mr. Pawan Kumar Bansal during the Rail Budget earlier today, Travelling Ticket Examiners (TTEs) have declared that they will be accepting bribes via online money transfer.
Speaking to Faking News, Mr. Sandeep Kadian, a TTE on Delhi-Mumbai route said, “We have decided to make an effort to contribute to modernization of Indian Railways. That is why we are providing this facility of online transfer of bribes to the passengers. Anyway, carrying cash in trains was becoming a problem with so many pickpockets around, this way our money will be securely transferred to our accounts.”
“There have been several instances when we had to turn over passengers traveling without a ticket to the police because they didn’t have any cash in their pocket to pay us. Now thanks to the availability of free Wi-Fi in trains, they can log on to their bank’s website and transfer money to our bank account. We have instructed all members of our union to carry a laptop with them which can be used to log on to the internet using any of the available networks,” he went on to add.
When we asked what they will do with people who neither have cash with them, nor online banking facility, he replied, “Most probably we will have to turn such people over to the police. Police can get the money from the relatives of these people when they come to get them released. However, we will try as hard as possible to avoid calling the cops because you know, we also have a heart. You know, once I let a guy go after taking only one Beedi ka bundle.”
A senior Railways official when contacted by Faking News for his reaction to the news said, “This is a very welcome step by our TTEs. This shows their forward thinking approach and resourcefulness. Moreover, all the bribes paid via online transfer will be documented which will help us calculate our share of the bribe accurately.”
When we asked a passenger waiting for his train at New Delhi railway station for his reaction to this scheme offered by TTEs, he said, “If the speed of the internet through Wi-Fi provided by the railways is as fast as that of IRCTC website then I will reach my destination before any money gets transferred.”