Railways relaxes norms for identification proof

The ministry of railways has made some relaxation in the conditions of the production of original proof of identity during train travel and particularly for the passengers belonging to the lower economic classes. Under this relaxation, attested photocopy of ‘ration card’ with photograph and nationalised bank passbook with photographs will also be accepted as a prescribed proof of identity only in case of reserved tickets booked through computerized Passenger Reservation System (PRS) counters, for undertaking journey in sleeper and second reserved sitting classes. The photocopy of the ‘ration card’ with photograph and passbook of a nationalised bank with photograph should be attested by a gazetted officer or the chief reservation supervisor or station manager/station master. This relaxation applies only to ration card and nationalised bank passbook and not in case of other types of proofs of identity cards for which only original proof will be required during the journey.

The provision is not applicable for all classes of e-tickets and tatkal tickets and tickets issued through PRS counter for travelling in airconditioned classes and first class. Travelling with these categories of tickets will continue to be governed by existing instructions. The new provision will be made effective from January 15.


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