Giving a relative relief to passengers while booking a tatkal ticket, the Ministry of Railways has decided to relax the condition of providing photocopy of identity card or indicating its number at the time of purchase of Tatkal ticket. But carrying an ID is compulsory though.
The new rule in Tatkal provisions will come into effect from 1st September, 2015 and the notification will be issued soon, said the ministry in a statement.
The Railways Ministry has also changed some of the rules pertaining to purchase of tatkal tickets like doing away with the need to furnish the photocopy of the proof of identity while booking Tatkal ticket from computerised reservation counter.
Even the requirement to mention the number of photo identity to be carried by the passenger has been removed at the time of booking of Tatkal ticket at the counter or through internet, said the ministry elaborating the provision.
However, one of the passengers should show the identity in original during the travel and show it to the Travelling Ticket Examiner (TTE).
“As per the proposed changes, in case of ticket booked under Tatkal scheme, one of the passengers has to produce anyone of the following proofs of identity in original during the journey, failing which all the passengers booked on that ticket will be treated as travelling without ticket and charged accordingly,” said the ministry in a note of caution.
The ministry has provided the list of photo-identity proof one can show during the travel as below:
(i) Voter Photo Identity Card issued by Election Commission of India.
(iii) PAN Card issued by Income Tax Department
(iv) Driving Licence issued by RTO
(v) Photocopy Identity Card having serial number issued by Central/State Government
(vi) Student Identity Card with photograph issued by recognized School/College for their Students
(vii) Nationalised Bank Passbook with photograph
(viii) Credit Cards issued by Banks with laminated photograph
(ix) Unique Identification Card “Aadhar”
(x) Photo identity cards having serial number issued by Public Sector Undertaking of State/Central Government, District Administrations, Municipal bodies and Panchayat Administrations.
Currently, at the time of booking a ticket from any PRS centre should provide a photocopy of identity card which he/she will carry during the journey and its number is indicated on the ticket as well as the reservation chart.
Those booking online through Internet are to mention the ID-card number which they are required to carry during the journey, failing which all the passengers are treated as travelling without ticket and charged accordingly. These provisions are now being modified though an ID-proof remains mandatory to carry during the journey.
While the booking is easy now without the need to furnish the ID proof at the time of booking, it enables railway booking agents and third-party to queue up early and book tickets for clients now. Those who cannot personally book can now send relatives or others to book on their behalf.
The tatkal ticket, which was introduced in 1989, came with the sole idea of preventing bulk bookings by agents and misuse of ticket reservation by third party. Now that the rule is removed, it means the Railways will allow agents back in profiteering service.