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Petition to stop the payment of tips to the catering staff in Indian Railways.

To whomever it may concern and who has the authority to enact a law to stop this irrational habit or to pressurize the authorities to stop this activity especially the Hon'ble Railway Minister Smt. Mamata Banerjee.

Respected Sir(s)/ Ma'am(s),

I am a law-abiding citizen of this great nation India and I most humbly request you to take strict action against those passengers and the staff of Indian Railways who give and receive tips respectively at the end of the journey, especially the catering staff. I am sure that you will agree that this is a very irrational act of those passengers who give tips for no special reason. The reasons for giving this case big attention are as follows:

1.) Passengers have already given the fare of their ticket for traveling and for the food and refreshments to be provided in the train which is sufficient to cover the costs incurred and the salary to be received by the catering staff.

2.) It is just another form of receiving bribe by the government servants and a degradation of code of conduct of the government servants.

3.) This may further lead to displacement of jobs as many jobseekers may try for Indian Railway jobs especially for the catering staff instead of other jobs.
a.) I remember that the company which I used to work in used to pay me about Rs. 285/- for a day for 25-26 working days. My total monthly salary including PF was Rs. 7319/-. Here, this catering staff earns more than Rs. 10,000/- for one journey which is in a day or atmost 2 days as one coach may have about 50 passengers and there are about 20-24 coaches in every train. They ask for more tips for each passenger even if they are one family. From many passengers they even receive Rs. 100/- or Rs. 500/- as a tip.
I AM VERY SURE THAT THE OFFICE WHICH I USED TO WORK LIKE A DONKEY AND USED TO DO ALL THOSE ACTIVITIES WHICH SOME OF THEM WERE PHYSICALLY NOT POSSIBLE LIKE DISPATCHING 100 DOCUMENTS IN JUST 30 MINUTES AFTER OPENING, ENTERING DETAILS, TALLYING CONTENTS AND THEN PRINTING ETC. AS TOLD BY THOSE SUPERVISORS, EVEN THEY MAY WHILE TRAVELING IN SUCH TRAINS MAY BE GIVING TIPS TO THESE STAFF WHO JUST COME AND GIVE FOOD AND NOTHING ELSE. I AM SAYING THIS BECAUSE THEY (MY SUPERVISORS) ALSO USED TO ASK FOR AMOUNT IF IN OFFICE SOMEONES BIRTHDAY USED TO BE THERE IN THE OFFICE. THESE TRAIN STAFFERS EARN MUCH MORE THAN THE PRIVATE EMPLOYEES LIKE ME!!!
SO ON WHAT BASES DO THEY ASK FOR ME TO DO SO MUCH WORK WHEN THEY THEMSELVES GIVE AWAY VERY SWEETLY FREE MONEY TO THOSE TRAIN STAFF WHEN THEY DO NOT DO ANYTHING GREAT AND HERE THEY DEMAND SO MUCH? FOOLISH COWARDS!
b.) There maybe overflow of applications from the jobseekers for the post of Indian Railways Staff especially for the catering staff. Then the Railway Recruitment Control Board may give impossible conditions for recruitment like you have to learn the whole general studies book which is humanly not possible for anyone (and even if it is possible then they would rather goto game shows like, Who Wants To Be A Millionaire and earn millions rather than trying for Railway Staff) which may further lead to bribing of officials of Railways to get recruited in an easy manner (because learning the whole book is humanly not possible) which will further lead to degradation of code of conduct of railway employees.

4.) This is also an irrational attitude of the passengers and citizens of this nation who give away tips to those staff who do nothing great and in offices where they work there they expect the world out of their subordinates. I would also ask those skeptics and rationalists who have organizations especially those foolish south Indians like Mr. Sanal E. (Sorry, I could not type his surname as these south Indian surnames are too lengthy and sound quite baseless) who only show their adventurous attitude, bravery and manhood against those superstitious behavior but not against these acts which are also irrational.

5.) Other people are forced to give tips maybe because it does not look good if you do not give any amount to them when all others are giving tips. They may in future refuse to serve unless they are given tips which may degrade their code of conduct further. It may create a precedent for bribing other officials of the public which will lead to further degradation of code of conduct of public officials.

To conclude, I hope that this much information is sufficient for you. I hope that I have proved more than what is required that why you need to give attention to this subject.
I or we citizens want that:
1.) Strict action should be taken against those pay or receive tips in Indian Railways. The passenger of Indian Railways giving tips should be arrested and the staffs of Indian Railways who receives the tips should be not just arrested but dismissed from service.
2.) Write or paint graffiti in berths of coaches and a special note in tickets that no tips should be paid to the Indian Railways Staff especially of the catering staff and what action would be taken against those who violate these norms.
3.) Spread awareness among people as to why tips should not be given.

I/We hope that you would take this seriously and do something regarding this ASAP. However you decide, we hope for the best for your future. Pls do inform us by posting a comment here also or by contacting me by e-mail as to what have you done regarding this.

Thanking you.

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