To make IRCTC train bookings Aadhaar card is now mandatory. IRCTC planning to implement the decision beginning from Dec 2016.
The rule is applicable for both the online and counter sales of train tickets. Till now Aadhaar is used as the optional identity proof for the passengers while making the journey. The process of associating Aadhaar database with the IRCTC is now live and will be completed by the end of the year.
IRCTC train bookings Aadhaar card linking – benefits
There are plenty of benefits if the Aadhaar cards linked with the IRCTC train reservation system. Aadhaar consists of all the vital information of any individual living in India. So by linking Aadhaar, the complete database of the passengers helps the railways to serve more better way.
IRCTC train bookings Aadhaar card – concessions are transparent
As of now Indian Railways providing various concessions to fifty categories of people, and the most of the times the concessions are misused. By linking the Aadhaar database with the train reservation, system real fruits of the of concessions will be available for the eligible people and the purpose of concessions will be fulfilled.
Control train bookings with Fake names by agents
All the passengers know there is a shortcut to get train tickets if they failed to obtain from IRCTC, the shortcut is unauthorized booking agents and travel organizations which book train tickets with fake names and sell them for premium prices.
Once the Aadhaar linking with IRCTC comes into the action, the agents can’t book tickets just by using random names & ages. Another benefit is, every passenger can get travel insurance just by paying 10 Ps. to 90 ps for each trip, even though they book tickets from counters. Right now, those passengers who book tickets only are enjoying the travel insurance.