I fully support the above argument about "TATKAL TICKET e-BOOKING" . I have experienced similar situation several times. The private ticket booking agencies have a good connection with the ticket booking authorities and are exploiting clueless, innocent common people.
How else do you explain the exhaustion of tatkal quota for trains by 8:15am? (esp. when several consumers are not even able to log on to IRCTC website by that time).
A bunch of us also tried to get a survey from ppl travelling in the train and we found that most of the tatkal tickets were bought from pvt. agents just 4-6 hours before the departure time. This is scandulous.
Most of the tickets were booked with some other name (not the passenger's name) in the chart. This implies that those tickets were booked on dummy names. Isn't this a great threat to national security?
I also witnessed that the Ticket checker was being called on his cell phone by private agents to allocate seats in the train to their consumers !! And this isn't a hypothesis.
In the first place, I wish to understand the need for private agents to book tickets (esp. when Indian Railway has nominated official agents and most of the consumers are in a postion to book online tickets). Can the private agents be banned or put any stringent regulations be put down to contain this scandal?
Kindly take the necessary actions. Let me know if any further action from my side is required.