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07 September 2020 Current Events Railways Proposed to Decriminalise Begging, Smoking in Trains

As per reports, the Indian Railways has proposed to 'decriminalise' begging in stations and trains. The provision of jail and fine for begging will no longer exist as the focus will now shift on prevention through higher penalties imposed on those found smoking in trains. Another top official confirmed that this step had been taken after communication from the cabinet secretariat's side to decriminalise certain offences. Further, the railways are also to add a couple of more offences to the list for which 'spot fines' would be increased. This exercise is being undertaken across ministries and other departments to increase fines rather than offenders' arrest. A ministry official said on the matter that "This doesn't mean that railways will allow or encourage begging at stations and in trains. Decriminalise doesn't mean it will be legalised. Surveillance by RPF and other staff will be increased to prevent such activities". In the present rules and regulations, Section 144 (2) of the Railways Act says that if anyone found begging in trains or at stations is liable to pay Rs, 2,000, or punishment up to one year or both. Section 167 of the Railways Act says that anyone found smoking in a compartment is liable for a fine up to Rs 100. Other charges can also be slapped for further action. As per this new proposal, the penalty will be increased; however, the amount is yet to be finalised. According to the proposed provision, officials can compound the offence by charging a maximum fine. The violators then are discharged without any further proceedings.


Railways Proposed to Decriminalise Begging, Smoking in Trains

As per reports, the Indian Railways has proposed to 'decriminalise' begging in stations and trains. The provision of jail and fine for begging will no longer exist as the focus will now shift on prevention through higher penalties imposed on those found smoking in trains. Another top official confirmed that this step had been taken after communication from the cabinet secretariat's side to decriminalise certain offences. Further, the railways are also to add a couple of more offences to the list for which 'spot fines' would be increased. This exercise is being undertaken across ministries and other departments to increase fines rather than offenders' arrest. A ministry official said on the matter that "This doesn't mean that railways will allow or encourage begging at stations and in trains. Decriminalise doesn't mean it will be legalised. Surveillance by RPF and other staff will be increased to prevent such activities". In the present rules and regulations, Section 144 (2) of the Railways Act says that if anyone found begging in trains or at stations is liable to pay Rs, 2,000, or punishment up to one year or both. Section 167 of the Railways Act says that anyone found smoking in a compartment is liable for a fine up to Rs 100. Other charges can also be slapped for further action. As per this new proposal, the penalty will be increased; however, the amount is yet to be finalised. According to the proposed provision, officials can compound the offence by charging a maximum fine. The violators then are discharged without any further proceedings.




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