Photo ID must for non-AC train travel
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NEW DELHI: Railways is set to make it mandatory for passengers travelling in
non-AC sleeper class to carry identity proof as part of its efforts to check
the widespread menace of transferred tickets sold by touts.
The decision to carry a valid I-card for train passengers in non-AC reserved
class is being finalised and likely to be announced shortly, a senior railway
"This is being done to strengthen measures to keep a check on passengers
travelling on transferred tickets," the official said.
Earlier in February, railways had made it mandatory for AC class passengers
to carry identity proof with them. Passengers travelling on a Tatkal or
an e-ticket are also required to carry I-cards while undertaking train
"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
Once the decision is announced, passengers failing to produce original
identity proof in sleeper class, as and when asked for, will be treated as
"without ticket" and charged accordingly.
The rule will apply for all sorts of tickets, including those for sleeper
class, issued by Railways through computerised passenger reservation system
(PRS) or internet.
The decision to introduce photo I-cards for sleeper class passengers is
likely to deter touts from booking tickets on fictitious names and selling
the same to passengers at a premium price, the official said.
Passengers can carry any of these nine ID proofs while undertaking train
journey - voter ID card, passport,PAN
driving licence, photo identity card having serial number issued by
central/state government, student identity card with photograph issued by
recognised school/college, Aadhar
nationalised bank passbook with photograph and credit cards issued by banks
with laminated photograph.
A campaign will be soon launched to spread awareness among passengers of
sleeper class regarding the move to carry photo identity cards, the official
said. Message will be printed on train tickets for spreading awareness among