The Indian Railways has made it compulsory for all passengers to carry the proof of identity in all reserved classes from December 1.
This according to the Railways is an initiative to facilitate the travel of bonafide passengers and to reduce the scope for misuse of reserved ticketing system by unscrupulous elements or middlemen. Passengers in reserved classes of Second Class (2S); Sleeper Class (SL); III Economy Class (3E) and First Class (FC) with effect from December 1 have to show one of the prescribed proof of identity.
The Railways has expanded the list of prescribed proofs of identity by including photo identity cards having serial numbers issued by Public Sector undertakings of State / Central Government, District Administrations, Municipal Administrations and Panchayat Administrations.
The new list of prescribed proofs of identity for undertaking journey is: 1. Voter Photo Identity Card issued by Election Commission of India; 2. Passport; 3.PAN Card issued by Income Tax Department; 4. Driving Licence issued by Regional Transport Authorities; 5. Photo Identity Card having serial number issued by Central / State Government such as: Pension Pay Orders (PPO), Ration Card with photographs, Senior Citizen Cards, Below Poverty Line Cards, ESI Cards with photograph issued for taking treatment in ESI dispensaries; CGHS Cards with photograph issued to individual family members of Central Government employees; 6. Student Identity Card with photograph issued by recognised School/College for their Students; 7. Nationalised Bank Passbook with photographs; 8. Credit Cards issued by Banks with laminated photograph; 9. Unique Identification Card “Aadhaar”; 10. Photo ID cards having serial number issued by Public Sector Undertakings of State/Central Government, District Administrations, Municipal Bodies and Panchayat Administrations.