Two railway officials suspended over graft charges
New Delhi : Railways have suspended two senior officials following searches carried out by CBI and recovery of Rs 20 crore in cash in connection with alleged corruption in supply of packaged drinking water in premium trains.
The suspension order was issued against the two officials in the alleged corruption in supply of packaged drinking water in trains late night, said a senior Railway Ministry official.
The officials involved in the case are the then Chief Commercial Managers (PS and Catering) of Northern Railway M S Chalia and Sandeep Silas.
CBI had recovered Rs 20 crore in cash during searches at 13 locations against two former Northern Railways officials and seven private firms in connection with alleged corruption in supply of packaged drinking water other than mandatory ‘Rail Neer’ in premium trains.
Rail Neer is produced and supplied by IRCTC in trains. IRCTC has set up Rail Neer plants at several places including Nangloi, Danapur, Chennai and Amethi.
While Chennai produces about 15,000 cartons of Rail Neer per day, Nangloi produces about 11,000 cartons and Danapur produces about 7500 cartons per day. One carton contains 12 bottles.
“Our mandate is to produce and supply Rail Neer to railways and railways decide on where it will be sent,” said a senior IRCTC official.
IRCTC official said Rail Neer is available in all trains where catering service is managed by it. “We ensure Rail Neer at all those trains where IRCTC is entrusted with catering responsibility.”
Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu has also asked Chairman Railway Board to investigate complaints into IRCTC booking and ordered technical audit of IRCTC web bookings.
“Chair Rail Board will investigate complaints into IRCTC bookings to ensure full transparency. Complete technical audit ordered for web bookings on IRCTC. No one will be allowed to manipulate a system,” Prabhu had tweeted.