Those buying railway tickets under the tatkal scheme for their family members, relatives or friends from computerised reservation centres will now have to produce original identity proof. The Pune railway division has announced that this new rule shall come into effect from May 6.
This arrangement has been made apparently to keep touts and illegal agents at bay and ensure that only genuine commuters get reserved tickets under the Tatkal scheme.
“If any person who buys reserved ticket under tatkal scheme for anyone who would be travelling, then the former would have to produce original proof of his identity. Moreover, he will also have to hand over the xerox copies of his own ID proof and that of the passenger along with the filled up requisition form to the booking clerk at the counter,” said a railway official.
The officials claim that the Pune railway division is doing its best to tackle the problem of touts and illegal agents, who reserve tickets on bogus names and then sell them off a premium to commuters who do not get reservations.
“Since this is the peak season, there is tremendous rush for reservation in virtually all long distance trains originating from Pune. This new measure announced by Pune division would make things tough for the touts,” said a railway official.
The 10 identity proofs that would be accepted by the Pune railway division include voter photo identity card issued by the Election Commission of India, passport, PAN card, driving licence, photo identity card with serial number issued by Central/State Government, student identity card with a photograph issued by a recognised school/college for their students, nationalised bank passbook with a photograph, credit cards issued by banks with laminated photograph, ‘Aadhaar’ card and photo identity cards with serial number issued by public sector undertaking of State/Central Government, district administration, municipal bodies and panchayat administration.