Special Correspondent

Project will enable automatic generation of all accounting and financial reports

It will be gradually expanded to more than 5,000 military units across India

NEW DELHI: Armed forces personnel in the country will now have the convenience of booking and printing e-tickets through the IRCTC website, with the launch of a pilot project at 20 unit locations across the country.

Vice-Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. P.C. Bhardwaj launched the pilot project. Being implemented by the Controller General of Defence Accounts (CGDA), the project will enable automatic generation of all accounting, payment and financial reports.

Seamless processing

General Bhardwaj said that the new system would cut tedious paperwork and introduce seamless processing in one stroke. He hoped that the ‘PCDA [Principal Controller of Defence Accounts] Travel System’ will slowly make the Passenger Reservation System (PRS) irrelevant and become a precursor to automation and better management.

In her address, CGDA Bulbul Ghosh said that the pilot project would gradually be expanded to more than 5,000 Army, Navy and Air Force units across the country.

Four phases

The e-ticketing system will be completed in four phases — the first phase will cover rail travel while air travel will be covered in the second phase, defence civilians will be included in the third phase and TA processing will be completely online in the final phase. The main features of the e-ticketing facility are round-the-clock availability, user-friendliness and, ease of operation and accounting while taking care of security concerns. In the new system, the units will have a virtual PRS of the railways, which will be enabled to issue tickets through a centralised portal operated by the CGDA office which has an agreement with the IRCTC.

The facility will gradually replace the system of railway warrants which obliged armed forces personnel to procure manual tickets at the PRS counter involving lot of paperwork. Over six million warrants worth Rs. 580 crore are issued each year to the armed forces.