New Delhi: Taking a strong move to stop the menace which sees thousands of tickets transferred and sold in black, Indian Railways has decided that it will soon make it mandatory for passengers travelling in non-AC sleeper class to a carry a proof of identity.
The decision will be announced shortly as per a senior railway official as it has been finalized. "This is being done to strengthen measures to keep a check on passengers travelling on transferred tickets," the official said.
Earlier this year in the month of February, it was made mandatory for passengers travelling on AC class to carry a prof of identity, the same scheme was applied to the passengers who were travelling on Tatkal and e-ticket scheme. "Non-AC travellers were kept out of the photo I-card decision at that time," the official said, adding that "the policy ambit is being widened now so that every passenger in reserved class onboard a train has a valid identity card."
Once the decision is made official, the passengers will be required to carry a valid proof of identity and anyone travelling without a proof of identity will be considered without ticket and will be charged accordingly.
This rule will be applicable on all types of tickets. The step comes a resolution to the problem of people travelling on fake name and identity. There were several reports where people were caught with tickets booked on name of several others. The passengers had to pay a hefty amount to get these tickets earlier.
The identification cards that a passenger can carry along as a proof of Identity include voter ID card, passport, PAN card, driving licence, photo identity card having serial number issued by central/state government, student identity card with photograph issued by recognized school/college, Aadhar card, nationalized bank passbook with photograph and credit cards issued by banks with laminated photograph.
Soon railway is planning to launch a campaign to make the people aware of this new policy. The message will be printed on the train ticket so as to make the people aware of the new introduction by the Indian Railways.