Indian Railways wants to be serious while handling the passengers who are traveling without a valid ID proof, and very soon (with effect from February 15, 2012) traveling along with a valid Identification Card is mandatory for those who book tickets from computerized Passenger Reservation System (PRS) and Internet (i-ticket) and boarding the train in AC 3-tier, AC 2-tier, 1st Class AC and AC Chair Car. According to Neeraj Sharma, Sr DCM, Lucknow, NR “This has been done to keep a check on passengers traveling on transferred tickets.”
ID Proofs Accepted By Indian Railways
The passengers will be allowed to travel only if they can show any of the following nine ID proofs in original while undertaking a train journey.
- Voter Identity Card
- PAN card
- Driving License
- Photo identity cards issued by Central/State Government for their employees
- Student Identity Card with photograph issued by recognized School / College for their students
- Nationalized Bank Passbook with photograph
- Aadhar Card
- Credit Cards Laminated With Photograph
The travelers who have failed to show the original identity proof, will be treated as the person who is traveling “Without Ticket” and could be imposed with fine or are could be asked to board off the train or both in some cases.
The rule will be applied for classes of railways very soon, and for creating awareness amidst the passengers a message stating that traveling with no valid ID proof will regarded as traveling without ticket and a fine will be imposed on the violators will be printed on each of the tickets issued through online booking.