November 3, 2012
COMMENT: India, who recently embraced biometric population control, is making further moves in creating an paper please state, complete with travel restrictions.
From December 1, 2012, all train passengers with reservations will have to carry a valid photo identity proof. ID cards will be needed if you are travelling on Reserved Second Class(2S), Sleeper Class(SL), III Economy Class(3E) and First Class(FC).
The move is seen as a step by the Railways Ministry to facilitate the travel of only legitimate passengers and to reduce scope of misuse of reserved ticketing system as well as for general security reasons.
The Press release issued by the Railways Ministry says, “Any one of the passengers booked on a PNR for undertaking journey in any reserved class has to produce any one of the above mentioned prescribed proofs of identity in original during the journey failing which all the passengers booked on that ticket will be treated as travelling without ticket and charged accordingly. The existing provision of the Tatkal scheme where the passenger is required to show the same original proof of identity as indicated on the ticket shall continue”.