As a part of the plan for the year 2017-2018, Indian Railways announced on March 2, 2017, that it will integrate Aadhaar card with the online train ticket booking system. It is also ensured that those lacking Aadhaar cards will not be able to book tickets online on the IRCTC website.
In December 2016, this rule was enforced to senior citizens and it was optional to the other Indian citizens. From April 2017, this law will be made mandatory to all the Indians who wish to book train tickets online.
IRCTC Chairman and Managing Director A.K. Manocha said in an interview: “This is an ambitious push to Aadhaar based ecosystem in Indian Railways that will curb the fraudulent bookings and keep an end to the cases of impersonation. In future, all the other bookings will require Aadhaar card.”
The main objective behind this law is to ensure that train bookings are not being made by fake identities. India’s Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu also suggested that the organization wanted to move gradually towards cashless and paperless ticketing and Aadhar card based ticketing by May 2017.
This new law doesn’t mean one will be denied issuing of tickets. Only that they cannot use the easiest way to book by online ticketing and that they have to stand in long queues for hours and book their tickets.