Come December and the traveling rules by the railways are set to see some significant changes in a bid to curb fraud related to reserved tickets committed by touts. Railways in a new rule applicable from December 1, has made it mandatory for passengers traveling in all reserved classes to carry original Id-proof with them.
“This is a good change. The best benefit is that it would deter touts from booking tickets in bulk and then selling them at high prices to the passengers,” said Apurva Ghosh.
“The railways is doing many changes to check frauds by the touts. Though the measures have given positive results to some extent but getting railways tickets for emergency traveling is still difficult. I wish railways good luck with these new changes,” said Manish Srivastava, who is from Siwan (Bihar) and is currently located at Noida.
The railways will treat those passengers without identity proofs as traveling without ticket and will penalize them with applicable fine. With this decision the Indian railways
has increase the list of documents that could be produced as Id-proofs during the journey.
Now photo identity cards having serial numbers issued by public sector undertakings of State/Central Government, District Administrations, Municipal Administrations and Panchayat Administrations will also be considered as valid Id-proofs.
With this new addition now there are ten documents in total which can be produced as identity proofs. It includes 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 recognised school/college, Aadhar card, nationalised bank passbook with photograph and credit cards issued by banks with a laminated photograph.