Jammu — In a startling revelation, products of Indian Rail catering service are being sold at grocery stores and food junctions. The products offered by the IRCTC for the purpose of sale to consumers on railway platforms and passenger in trains are being sold to general public in residential areas that suggest discrepancy in the system and corruption on behalf of IRCTC officials and wholesalers for the purpose of earning extra profit margin.
The matter came to light when a citizen named, Navneet Misra, who had ordered food (Paranthe) at home received the packet of curd with a mark of ‘IRCTC’ on it. He told U4UVoice, “When I noticed that the curd packet had IRCTC mark on it, I suspected something wrong was going on.” He added, “IRCTC products are to be sold at platforms or train passengers only but this is available to all consumers at food joints.”
It is obvious that this operation has been carried out with the collusion between the IRCTC workers and distributors who are selling IRCTC owned products to general public to gain extra margin. Moreover, this case has emerged in a prominent area like Gandhi nagar which indicates that it must be carried out on a larger -scale in remote areas as well.
This corruption affects the revenue of rail dept which in turn is then compelled to increase fares to compensate its expenses. This is a straightforward example of how corruption harms the economy.