Indian Railways on 5 December 2016 announced that the reservation of rail tickets for senior citizens will be directly linked to Aadhaar or Unique Identification (UID) cards from 1 April 2017 onwards on a mandatory basis for availing concessions at both counter and e-tickets.
This Aadhaar-based ticketing system for senior citizens will be implemented in a two-phased manner. Accordingly, from 1 January to 31 March 2017, requirement of Aadhaar verification for getting concessional tickets for senior citizens will be optional.
However, from 1 April 2017, such a requirement will become mandatory.
Highlights of the Aadhaar-based ticketing system
Procedure for authentication of Aadhaar details on the IRCTC website
Earlier, Indian Railways also made it mandatory for senior citizen to undergo advance verification through Aadhaar card by submitting Aadhaar card details online on the Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) website with effect from 1 December 2016 onwards.
Who: Indian Railways
When: 5 December 2016
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