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Railways plans linking Aadhaar with concessional ticket booking

Indian railways is one of the most largest railway network in the world operating more number of trains and related services in the world. There are people from different background travelling in the Indian railways.

S.No Interesting and Unknown facts about Indian Railways Detailed Information
1 Total numbers of trains runs in Indian Railways 14,300
2 Total Distance Covered by Trains on Indian Railways Equals to 3 and half times the distance to moon
3 Number of KMs covered by Indian rail tracks Above 64,436 KMs
4 Indian Rails transports 23 Million Passengers & 1.3 Million tons of goods
5 Number of train tickets booked in a minute About 15,000

There are different class of services available in Indian railways where there are special offers and discounts available for aged people. It is now a necessity for senior citizens to bring their ID proof to prove their age category and get concession for their ticket.

Railways plans linking Aadhaar with concessional ticket booking

Discrepancy in the age proof:

It has been observed by the government that there are some of the passengers not providing proper age proof at the time when they are boarding on train. Due to the age constraint of some passengers, it becomes a necessity for the railway ticket checkers to accept their word and believe that they are the one. In the recent days, it has been observed that some passengers are forging their age in the verge of getting discounts in their tickets.

This is one of the dangerous things for Indian railways as they are losing more revenue because of such things. There are a number of attempts made by the Indian railways to make sure that such things are not taking place, but they are not working in a proper manner. One revolutionary scheme that is going to be implemented by the Indian railways in the near future is to make sure that all passengers boarding in the train must have their Aadhaar card as a proof.

Unified verification strategy for all passengers:

The approach of making Aadhaar as a mandatory requirement may create a negative impact in initial stages as there are still many citizens of India without Aadhaar card. Even now, most of the people in rural community are not having enough facilities to enrol themselves to Aadhaar card. Before making Aadhaar card as one of the mandatory requirement for railway bookings, it is a necessity for Indian railways to make sure that

  • Every citizen in India is having Aadhaar card
  • Awareness of Aadhaar card is prevalent all over India
  • Passengers are ready to submit their Aadhaar card proof at the time of booking and boarding in the trains.

According to the department of railways, this scheme will avoid a number of discrepancies that they are facing currently. However, there are still a number of things need to be changed in the meanwhile to make sure that the policy of using Aadhaar mandatory for all bookings. There are also some details need to be clarified from the end of Indian railways before they proceed further.

  • The case if passenger doesn’t have Aadhaar card, there is no clear statement like what proof need to be submitted
  • It is said that they are going to verify details of passenger directly at the time of booking tickets, but they didn’t mention about how they are going to do this
  • If the process of verification is done at the time of booking itself, it will create a significant delay in the process.


Though the inclusion of Aadhaar number for rail ticket booking would make ticket delivering process delay, in order to verify the details, the concern authority many avoid providing tickets for person providing fake details. It may somehow cause problem during initial state with the train travellers, in near future it will be good to skip those malpractice carried in getting rail tickets.

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