Till Nov 2012, the identification will be mandatory for e-tickets passengers, Tatkal quota passengers or the passengers undertaking journey in AC classes.
But yesterday 1st of November, Indian Railways has made an announcement that identification will be mandatory for all reserved classes included ‘Reserved Second Class (2S)’, ‘Sleeper Class (SL)’, ‘III Economy Class (3E)’ and ‘First Class (FC)’. This has been done to make secure that touts / middlemen do not take benefit of the system and only the genuine passengers are permitted.
Indian Railways has also stretched the list of the prescribed identity proofs.
Now, these 10 documents will serve as a legitimate proof of identity:
1. Voter Photo identity card issued by Election Commission of India.
3. PAN Card issued by Income Tax Department.
4. Driving License issued by RTO.
5. Photo identity card having serial number issued by Central/State Government which include the following:
- (i) Pension Pay Order s(PPO)
- (ii) Ration Card with photographs
- (iii) Senior Citizen cards
- (iv) Below Poverty Line (BPL) cards
- (v) ESI cards (with photograph) issued for taking treatment in ESI dispensaries.
- (vi) CGHS Cards (with photograph) issued to individual family members of Central Govt. employees.
6. Student Identity Card with photograph issued by recognized School/College for their students.
7. Nationalized Bank Passbook with photographs.
8. Credit Cards issued by Banks with laminated photograph.
9. Unique Identification Card “Aadhaar”.
10. Photo identity cards having serial number issued by Public Sector Undertakings of State/Central Government, District Administrations, Municipal bodies and Panchayat Administrations.
If the passengers in any of the classes fail to provide their IDs, they will be treated as traveling without ticket and charged/punished accordingly.
Now you have to make sure that you carry your Identification proof with you from 1st December onwards!