Ministry of Railways has decided to modify rules pertaining to purchase of Tatkal tickets both online and offline.
As per the modified rule, there will be no need to furnish photocopy of proof of identity while booking Tatkal ticket from computerised reservation counter or to indicate its number at the time of booking of Tatkal ticket at the counter or through internet.
The modified tatkal provisions to come to effect by 1st September, 2015. The exact date of effect will be notified separately
However, the requirement of the passenger to carry one of the permitted photo-identity cards during travel continues to prevent any possible misuse.
This means, in case of tickets booked under Tatkal scheme, one of the passengers has to produce anyone of the following proofs of identity in original during the journey;
- Voter Photo Identity Card issued by Election Commission of India.
- PAN Card issued by Income Tax Department
- Driving Licence issued by RTO
- Photocopy Identity Card having serial number issued by Central/State Government
- Student Identity Card with photograph issued by recognized School/College for their Students
- Nationalised Bank Passbook with photograph
- Credit Cards issued by Banks with laminated photograph
- Unique Identification Card “Aadhar”
- Photo identity cards having serial number issued by Public Sector Undertaking of State/Central Government, District Administrations, Municipal bodies and Panchayat Administrations
Please remember, failing to produce any of the above documents to the TTE, will be treated as all the passengers booked on that ticket are travelling without ticket and charged accordingly.
This provision has been done away to facilitate passengers to buy Tatkal tickets since it is possible that a person may be booking ticket for his parents (aged) /children who are staying in a different city (hostel) and may not have photocopy of their photo identity card.
Under the present scheme of tatkal ticket booking (i.e. by producing photocopy of ID proof at the time of booking tickets), if a passenger misplaces the identity card mentioned in the ticket while booking but is carrying any of the other identity card in the prescribed list will be treated as travelling without ticket.
Even there are cases where passengers were carrying a valid photo-identity card (Aadhaar Card/Passport/Driving Licence/PAN Card etc.) but is not the same as mentioned in the ticket at the time of booking. A large number of uneducated, senior citizen, women and people from rural areas were getting affected due to the old rule.
The proposed change will facilitate easy ticket booking under Tatkal scheme by correcting existing anomalies.