I frequently travel by state-run buses on routes S-19 and S-23. On several occasions, I have seen the conductors collecting a sum of Rs 5 from passengers, which is much below the actual fare for that particular distance. They do not even issue any tickets, especially when the buses are packed during rush hours. Many commuters seem to encourage this practice; some even get away by paying as paltry a sum as Rs 2 or Rs 4. The government must immediately take steps to weed out such corrupt employees, or else it will incur huge losses soon.
Shyamal Ghosh, Purbachal.