To prevent tout trouble and ensure security in trains
From December 1, you will have to establish your bona fides for travelling in any reserved train compartment.
The Railways have made it mandatory for even those travelling in sleeper class and second class reserved coaches, economy class and first class to carry identity proof, in an attempt to prevent the touts from getting the tickets and selling them at a premium. This requirement has already been enforced for those travelling in air-conditioned coaches so that only genuine passengers undertook the journey.
For Tatkal, e-tickets too
Those travelling on Tatkal and e-tickets are also required to carry their IDs. Officials said the move would also ensure more security in trains.
In addition to the approved present set of IDs issued by government organisations, voter photo identity card, driving licence, PAN card, Aadhaar number, the Railways have added senior citizen card, BPL card, ESI card and student IDs as valid proof. Travelling without any of these prescribed IDs will be treated as travelling without ticket and invite penalty.