October 10, 2008 12:35:29 am
In a move aimed to popularise e-tickets, the Indian Railways has decided to dispense with a provision that requires passengers to specify at the time of booking the proof of identification they intend to carry during the journey.
Now, a passenger booked on an e-ticket will have the choice of carrying any of the five original ID cards — voter identity card, passport, PAN card, a driving licence or photo identity cards issued by the central or state Government.
“Currently, a passenger is bound to carry the ID proof he mentions at the time of booking an e-ticket. In case the passenger forgets to carry that proof, he is considered travelling without ticket and penalised accordingly, even if he has some other valid proof to establish his identity. This has become a cause of complaint and is acting as an impediment in the proliferation of e-ticketing and has prompted a change in policy,” a senior ministry official said.
“However, it will be the responsibility of the passenger carrying proof of identification that other passengers booked on the e-sticket are bonafide passengers and are not travelling in someone else’s name,” the official said adding that in case none of the passengers were carrying any one of the prescribed proofs of identity, they would be treated as travelling without ticket and charged accordingly.
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