To plug the scope of misuse of the concession facilities offered by the Indian Railways, Aadhaar Card or Unique Identification (UID) card will be made mandatory from July 1 to avail concession on railway tickets. Many Railway rules have been revised to discourage touts and discoursing all who have been indulging in black marketing of railway tickets. The Aadhaar card is a 12-digit unique identification number issued to Indian citizens by the Central government and is issued and managed by the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI). Even though it is not mandatory, Aadhaar can qualify you instantly, making the process easier and quicker.
Starting July 1, any person who wishes to avail the concessional benefits offered by the Ministry of Railways will have to furnish their Aadhaar Cards, a report by moneybhaskar.com stated. All concessions on tickets provided by Indian Railways to more than 50 categories of passengers including senior citizens, students, research scholars, teacher, doctor, nurse, patients, sports people, unemployed youth, Arjuna awardees among others will be needed to furnish their Aadhaar cards to avail all these benefits from July 1.
The Aadhaar card is an identification document which is issued by the UIDAI after it records and verifies every resident Indian citizen’s details including biometric and demographic data. The Aadhaar is one important document that should be made by every Indian citizen and is not meant to replace existing identification documents like PAN, passport, driving license etc. As per reports, the Ministry of Railways has also started collecting the full adult fare for a child instead of half and has also it has started counting RAC as a full berth instead of half as was earlier for accommodation in trains.
The Supreme Court on March 27 ordered that the government cannot be stopped from using Aadhaar identification for its non-welfare schemes like the opening of bank accounts, filing of tax returns, verification of new and existing mobile phone numbers and user credentials etc. Earlier in January, the Indian Railways had run a pilot project for senior citizens who were entitled to rail concessions. The concessional tickets cost the Railways about Rs. 1,600 crore in 2015-16, with the bulk being accounted for senior citizens. As per the government data, over 100 crore Aadhaar cards have been issued so for covering bulk of India’s population.