New Delhi: The railway ministry has announced the compulsion of Aadhaar card if you want to book train tickets online, a move which will be implemented soon. IRCTC (Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation) has also made Unique Identification (UID) cards mandatory for senior citizens to avail concessions at both counter and e-tickets. This requirement is optional during January to March 2017. After this trial run, the Aadhaar number will be mandatory from 1 April 2017 onwards in order to get discounted tickets.
Government has taken this step so as to diminish the role of agents who are selling tickets at a price higher than the official one. This will also keep in check the corruption level in the entire process and curb fraud cases involving fake identities.
Besides the Aadhaar-based ticketing system, Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu also unwrapped business plan 2017-18 including cashless ticketing system. Under this, 6,000 point-of-sale machines and 1,000 automatic ticket vending machines will be installed across the country. As per the reports, an integrated ticketing app will also be launched by May 2017.
“Aadhaar number will be required for one-time registration at the IRCTC ticketing site. The step is aimed at eliminating touts from registering with fake identities”, a senior railway ministry official said.
The Ministry’s new step looks very lucrative and useful, and the customers applying for aadhaar card are also on the rise, however complaints related to undelivered aadhaar and faulty information on them need to be addressed at a faster pace.