New Delhi: Giving respite to thousand of rail passengers, particularly those travelling in lower economic classes; Ministry of Railways has made some relaxation in the condition of production of original Proof of Identity during train travel. The new norm is effective from January 15.
As per the new relaxation norm, attested photocopy of Ration Card with photograph and Nationalised Bank Passbook with photographs shall also be accepted as a prescribed proof of identity. For other identity cards only original proof will be required during journey.
This shall apply only in case of reserved tickets booked through computerized Passenger Reservation System (PRS) counters, for undertaking journey in Sleeper (SL) and Second Reserved Sitting (2S) classes.
The photocopy of the Ration Card with photograph and Nationalised Bank Passbook with photograph should be attested by a Gazetted Officer or the Chief Reservation Supervisor or Station Manager/Station Master.
The above provision is not applicable for all classes of e-tickets and Tatkal tickets and tickets issued through PRS counter for travelling in Air-conditioned classes and First Class. Travelling with these categories of tickets shall continue to be governed by existing instructions.