Aadhaar not compulsory for scheduling rail tickets: Central government

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By Press Trust Of India|Published: 06th August 2017

Aadhaar not compulsory for scheduling rail tickets
Aadhaar not compulsory for scheduling rail tickets

NEW DELHI: The Aadhaar number is not obligatory for reserving rail tickets, the Centre informed the Rajya Sabha today.

In a written reply in the Upper House of Parliament, Union Minister of State for Railways Rajen Gohain stated currently, his ministry had no strategies to make the 12-digit special recognition number compulsory for scheduling rail tickets.

“At present, there is no proposition to make the Aadhaar number compulsory for scheduling tickets for rail journey.

With result from January 1, 2017, the requirement of Aadhaar confirmation for getting concessional train tickets for senior people has actually been presented on a voluntary basis,” he stated.

The minister’s declaration begins a day the house ministry made the Aadhaar number obligatory for registration of death with impact from October 1, 2017.

Over the last couple of months, the Aadhaar number has actually been made obligatory for a variety of plans and services– for savings account, to submit taxes, for tuberculosis clients to obtain treatment under the Revised National Tuberculosis Control Programme (RNTCP), to get the advantages under the Maternity Benefit Programme and Integrated Child Protection Scheme and other plans for farmers, labourers, trainees and so on