New Delhi, July 20: Indian Railways has come up with a new scheme under which people will not have to show their Identity Proofs (ID Proofs) while booking tatkal rail tickets.
The new scheme will come into effect from Sept 1, 2015. Passengers will not be required 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.
However, passengers need to show their ID Proofs during the journey, or else, heavy penalty will be imposed on the passengers.
Officials said the decision to do away with producing identity card while purchasing tatkal ticket was taken to avoid any duplicity as the passengers had to produce identity proof at the time of the journey too.
The present provision also led to harassment of those passengers carrying a different identity proof at the time of the journey than the one produced at the time of booking tickets, thus being penalised in the process, they said.
Currently, passengers at the time of booking a ticket has to provide a photocopy of identity card which he/she will carry during the journey.
The number of this identity card is indicated on the ticket as well as reservation chart and during the journey the passenger has to carry the same original proof of identity during the journey.
(With agency inputs)